Employment Opportunity: Land Steward

The Jackson Hole Land Trust is seeking a Land Steward. Job description is linked below.

Deadline: February 1, 2020. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to derekellis@jhlandtrust.org. No phone calls please.

Laurie Andrews,President of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Announces Departure

Laurie Andrews will continue career as a community leader as President of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole

Jackson, WY –It is with gratitude and commendation that the Board of Directors announces today the departure of Laurie Andrews as President of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, effective late February 2020. Andrews will be starting her new position as Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole in March 2020.

Since 2005, Andrews has played a critical role in land conservation for Northwest Wyoming and beyond. During her 15-year tenure at the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Andrews was responsible for the protection of over 8,000 acres of conservation land, led the organization through multiple forward-thinking strategic plans, and expanded the reach of the Jackson Hole Land Trust to encompass the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

“Laurie has been an exceptional President and leader for the Jackson Hole Land Trust” said Jason Snider, Board Chair. “We are grateful for Laurie’s visionary direction, which embraced inclusivity, produced strong results, created strong partnerships and prioritized the conservation needs of the whole community.”

“Under Laurie’s leadership, the staff of the Jackson Hole Land Trust more than doubled, the organization successfully completed two significant fundraising campaigns – Forever Our Valley and Save the Block, and we experienced record-breaking annual fundraising and asset growth benchmarks. While we are sad to see her go, we are excited about what her new role means for Jackson’s community and network of non-profits,” continued Snider.

The Board of Directors of the Jackson Hole Land Trust have created a search committee to identify an Interim Director and hire a new permanent leader for the Jackson Hole Land Trust. While the search is underway, the organization is in an excellent position with its accomplished senior leadership team of Jennifer Wolfrom Holladay, Director of Advancement and Engagement, Liz Long, Director of Conservation, and Derek Schaefer, Chief Financial Officer.

“I feel so fortunate to have been a part of such a strong and impactful organization for the past 15 years,” said Andrews. “The Jackson Hole Land Trust has taught me so much about what community means and the passion and generosity that I’ve seen shine through over and over again has been incredibly inspiring. I’m excited to continue my journey as a leader in this special place, and to continue working with extraordinary partners on meaningful projects.”

Continued Andrews, “While it is bittersweet to leave the Jackson Hole Land Trust, I know that the organization is in good hands. The current board and the leadership team are knowledgeable and talented and I will miss working with such a tremendously effective team. While my career is changing directions, my commitment to protecting open spaces is steadfast and I know I will be working with the Jackson Hole Land Trust in some capacity in the future.”

Lori Fields, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Jackson Hole Land Trust, will head the committee that will conduct a wide ranging and broad-based search for a new Executive Director.

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About the Jackson Hole Land Trust

The Jackson Hole Land Trust is a private, non-profit organization that was established in 1980 to protect and steward the treasured landscapes of Northwest Wyoming including Fremont and Sublette counties. With over 55,000 acres protected, our vision is a legacy of protected open spaces, wildlife habitat, working lands and community spaces that inspire current and future generations. For more information, please visit jhlandtrust.org.

605 Acres Protected in Sublette County

The Jackson Hole Land Trust announced today that 605 acres in Sublette County located along the Red Desert to Hoback Mule Deer migration corridor have been protected through the Willow Lake Pasture Conservation Easement now held by the Green River Valley Program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

Read the full press release, here.

Green River Valley Program Newsletter online

Our GRVP Newsletter is now available online. Read through program highlights and new projects, as well as announcements and upcoming events for the summer.

2018 Annual Report

Our Annual Report from our 2018 fiscal year is now available online.

Read about our yearly highlights, accomplishments, programming, and much, much more.

Check out the full piece, here.

Genevieve Block Project

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.

Protection Update: Wapiti Junction

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.

Landowner Spotlight

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.

See Feuz on our interactive map.

Employment Opportunity: Major Gifts Officer

The Jackson Hole Land Trust is seeking to fill the position of Major Gifts Officer. Please see the attached job description for details.

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to alowery@jhlandtrust.org.

No phone calls, please.

JHLT protects 191 acres in Teton County in 2018

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.