For project details, fundraising timeline, and to stay up-to-date on announcements, visit the Genevieve Block Project website.
Read the cover article from the Jackson Hole News & Guide, here.
Learn the call-to-action and project partners in the editorial section’s guest shot from April 17, 2019, here.
The Green River Valley Program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust completed our first conservation easement since the GRVLT/JHLT merger.
The Wapiti Junction Conservation Easement protects two parcels totaling about 40 acres in the Hoback Ranches subdivision, located north of the Hoback Rim about 4 miles from Bondurant. This easement, donated by Bob Hover, provides crucial habitat for moose and elk, as well as seasonal habitat for mule deer.
While the property was tragically completely burned during last year’s Roosevelt Fire, the conservation values of the open space are intact. The fire reclamation process will provide opportunities for the Land Trust to gather valuable data while monitoring and studying the vegetative succession.
We are grateful to Mr. Hover for this generous conservation donation and we look forward to partnering with him on the property’s recovery and redevelopment process.
Private landowners are critical pieces in Northwest Wyoming’s conservation puzzle. Easement-holding landowners are essential to our work.
We are excited to share their stories with you through this series, highlighting one of our landowner partners each quarter to learn more about what conservation and open spaces mean to them and their families.
This spotlight features the Young Family, owners of the 105-acre Feuz Ranch, protected since 2004, located in Buffalo Valley, Wyoming.
In 1910, Chris Young’s family established a homestead in the area, and in the 1930’s her father purchased the ranch in Buffalo Valley that Chris was raised on and the Young’s now operate. With her grandchildren growing up in the same house that she did, Chris finds great satisfaction teaching another generation how to work the land. The Youngs also have grandkids that live most of the year in Cody, Wyoming, and spend their summers in Buffalo Valley to help with the ranch.
As they graze livestock, cut hay, flood irrigate, fix fence, and control weeds on nearly 1200 acres between their family’s property and the Hatchet Ranch, there is always plenty of work for everyone. Many local producers have moved away from raising cow-calf pairs due to the long hours and nights involved with the spring calving, but the Youngs still persist with this practice, just as they do through these seemingly endless winters. While others lose the horizon in the blowing snow, the Youngs remain steady.
While Chris and Jerome work hard to keep life the way it has been for years, they do notice some changes in Buffalo Valley. The noxious weed situation has become much worse and requires a lot of work to keep in check. She also notes that the past decade has seen increased pressure from wolves during calving season in the spring. In order to reduce predation on the new calves, they have a camper out in the calving pasture and Jerome camps out with the birthing cows to ward off un-welcome wildlife.
To help protect the open lands, rich wildlife habitat, and agricultural heritage of the Feuz Ranch, the Jackson Hole Land Trust purchased a conservation easement from the Youngs in 2004. We would like to extend a hearty thanks to Chris and Jerome and their family for their tireless stewardship of the extraordinary working landscape that is the Buffalo Valley.
THe JHLT protected three properties totaling 191 acres throughout Teton County over the past year, with conservation gains for wildlife habitat, migration corridors and ranching heritage. This acreage adds to the existing 55,000 acres of Land Trust protected conservation easements across Northwest Wyoming.
Read the full press release, here.
The most recent installment of our biannual newsletter, Open Lands, is now available online.
Read about our accomplishments this summer, new programming, an interview with Joe Riis, a spotlight on the importance of private land protection, and much, much more.
Catch a glimpse before it hits newsstands, here.
A guiding document which communicates our organizational goals, the Strategic Plan for the next five years shares the actions needed to achieve the Jackson Hole Land Trust’s mission.
Our Strategic Plan is available for the public to view, here.
The Land Trust created a video showcasing the broad strokes of our work. We hope you enjoy this gorgeous footage, courtesy of Orijin Media.
The Jackson Hole Land Trust works to protect and steward the treasured landscapes of Northwest Wyoming
Our vision is a legacy of protected open spaces, wildlife habitat, working lands and community spaces across Northwest Wyoming that inspire current and future generations.
Please contact our main office in Jackson.