Mike Piggott

Landscape painter Mike Piggott created this vibrant acrylic on canvas piece for View22: 35 Places from the South Park Wildlife Habitat Management Area, looking to the south at Munger Mountain, the forested mountain at the southern end of the valley.

Earlier in the spring, Mike had shared with us that “years ago I kayaked on the Gros Ventre and the Snake Rivers – it’s in my bones – I love those rivers,” so we thought that the Munger Mountain Corridor Project area would be a perfect location for him to capture. Munger rises from the Snake River riparian corridor to National Forest lands at its summit; much of the land in between is privately owned with Land Trust conservation easements, part of the lower Snake River Ranch, and provides crucial connectivity for many wildlife species.

A first of its kind partnership between the Jackson Hole Land Trust, U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, Wyoming State Forestry Division, Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resource Trust, and the Snake River Ranch secured the permanent protection of 236 new acres of land on Munger in November 2014, supported by Forest Legacy Program funds out of recognition of its importance for elk migration, bald eagle nesting, and a multitude of native wildlife. Mike’s painting looks out across the Wildlife Management Area and Snake River corridor to this newly-conserved land on Munger.

– Leslie Steen

Munger Mountain Painting Session – July 10, 2014

I think of Munger Mountain as something of a gravitational force around which my life has seemed to orbit since moving to Jackson Hole. I initially noticed the south valley landmark my first summer while working for an artist in Rafter J. Later I moved to Red Top Meadows and explored the sprawling mountain’s western slope. For the past 15 years, I’ve been nestled in at its southeastern-most edge in Hoback Junction. I have hiked and biked on it, studied, sketched, and painted it for nearly 20 years. I have come to know Munger Mountain like a dependable and familiar friend.


But I don’t know it like Bill Resor and his family do. While planning the location from which I would paint the Land Trust easement areas, I got to talk with Bill, who helped protect critical parcels of land on the mountain’s northern slope. He has been exploring the mountain since he was a child, as his father and grandfather did. Bill helped me to understand just where the conserved parcels are located and why they are so important. Looking at Munger Mountain when heading south from Jackson, there is a pronounced gully that curves down from the highest point on the mountain. It begins as three individual runoff channels that join to form a deep curving draw, depositing snow melt and rainwater into the Snake River directly below.


This drainage, known as Don’s Draw, is lush with willows, aspen stands, chokecherry, and other vegetation – an oasis of green in a sea of sagebrush. The land at the top of the draw is managed by the Forest Service. The heavily timbered land at the base of the draw, where bald eagles have nested for generations, has been protected for many years by the Land Trust and the Resor family. Recently, the Land Trust and Resor family have partnered to protect the land that connects these two areas – which would protect an important migration corridor and vital habitat for mule deer and elk, not to mention many other bird and mammal species. The project is nearing completion this fall, and I could hear the pride in Bill’s voice as he described to me how special this spot is to him and his family.


On my scheduled painting day, I set up in another of my favorite painting locations: South Park Wildlife Management Area, just across the river from the Munger easements. It was a hot, dry afternoon, but a bit of a breeze kept the bugs at bay. I was joined by JHLT Board Member, Jill Baldauf, her enthusiastic dog Cody, and her delightful father, Tom, an artist himself for over 50 years. It can be a bit intimidating to paint in front of another artist, but I had no need to worry. Tom and I had great fun talking about art, materials, plein air painting, and his envy-inducing description of his studio with doors that slide up to become open air! It was such a treat to show him how I work in pastel and to share the joy I get from being out in nature making art. And it was Tom’s birthday as well! I felt very lucky that I got to spend some of it with him.


All too soon, the Baldauf clan had to leave. I stayed a bit longer to get a little more work done and was treated to a great blue heron flying by, a couple ospreys whistling overhead, and a group of kids working their way down Flat Creek learning to fly fish. I am so glad that this beautiful view of Munger Mountain will continue to be here, not just for me to paint but for everyone to enjoy.


Jennifer Hoffman

Munger Mountain

Photo: Leine Stikkel

Photo: Leine Stikkel

This painting session is scheduled for July 10th, 2014. Sign up to receive email updates from us to the right so you get our blog posts right in your inbox!

View22: Field Study Works Now Available Online!

In 2017, we invited 21 local artists to create place-inspired art on 18 Jackson Hole Land Trust conservation properties in Teton, Fremont, and Sublette counties. The momentum for the project built over the summer as artists created their works and interacted with the community at artist demonstrations at the R Lazy S, and the Teton Food Tour.

View22: Field Study will culminate this Sunday, August 13th, 2017 with an exhibit and sale at the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s 37th Annual Picnic at the Hardeman North Meadow in Wilson.

The 80 finished works are now available for viewing and purchase through our downloadable e-catalog! The catalog will be updated periodically to reflect sales.

For inquiries regarding art sales please contact Roxanne Pierson at [email protected] or 307-733-4707.