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.

Slide into R Park

Slide into R Park

“Slide into R Park” is a collaborative program between Rendezvous Park (R Park), a program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust, Slideluck Youth Initiative, the Art Association of Jackson Hole, Teton County Library, and Latino Outdoors to empower the bilingual youth of Jackson by utilizing R Park to develop and inspire visual storytelling skills with onsite photography lessons connecting storytelling and conservation of open spaces.

Why R Park?

“Slide into R Park” is a program to foster stewardship and conservation ethics in the next generation of conservationist through a visual storytelling course and help integrate the community with intercultural programming. R Park is a Jackson Hole Land Trust community conservation project designed to encourage all ages to engage with nature and inspire through open space interaction. This program will help promote the park’s reclamation and conservation story from a gravel pit to community gem.

Why photography?

Photography is a popular mechanism for experiencing the outdoors in Jackson, yet many of the galleries, social spheres, and professionals associated with this medium are out of reach to the Latino community. This program will give social mobility to the Latino community through the bilingual students’ participation and build upon the commonality of photography to integrate the Jackson community. The final exhibit locations will introduce new audiences to R Park through the students’ photography, creating a dialogue to bridge the gap between the Anglo and Latino communities of Jackson.

This program is funded by the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, the Center of Wonder and the Jackson Hole Land Trust.

About Partners

Jackson Hole Land Trust
Lead Project Director/Contact Person Name: Jr Rodriguez, Community Conservation Manager/R Park Director: jr@jhlandtrust.org
Managed by a non-profit, Rendezvous Park provides 40-acres of reclaimed public space designed to encourage all ages to engage with nature and inspire through open space interaction. The Jackson Hole Land Trust is a private nonprofit that was established in 1980. We work to protect and steward the treasured landscapes of Northwest Wyoming.

Slideluck, specifically Slideluck Youth Initiative
Slideluck is a 501c3 NYC non-profit arts organization dedicated to building and strengthening community through food and art. Slideluck Youth Initiative (SLYI) is an after-school photography program where hands-on instructors foster creative expression and empower students through the fundamentals of photography and multimedia storytelling.

Center of Wonder
Inspired by wonder, we empower creative leaders and advocate for the arts in Jackson Hole.

Art Association of Jackson Hole
The Art Association of Jackson Hole is dedicated to encouraging a vital, creative community by providing everyone with exposure to, education in and enjoyment of a wide variety of art experiences.

Community Foundation of Jackson Hole
To improve lives through philanthropic leadership by:
• Providing superior donor services
• Making grants that positively impact the community
• Ensuring sustainability of the philanthropic community
• Acting as a leader, catalyst and resource

About Instructor
Lina Collado is a trilingual photojournalist, she completed her BFA with a degree in Visual Communications & Graphic Design and a master’s degree in Film with a concentration in Production and Screenwriting at Columbia University School of Arts, in New York, NY.  Lina is currently also creating her first multisensory exhibit at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, WY titled Somos de Aquí: The Enduring Wildlife of Puerto Rico. The exhibit will be exhibited between May 3, 2019 and August 27, 2019 focusing on four endangered species and two nationally protected areas, alongside several conservation heroes who are fighting to protect these species against a declining economy.

JHLT hosts WyoView Art Exhibit at Holiday Open House

The Jackson Hole Land Trust will host an art exhibit at their 2018 Holiday Open House on Friday, December 14, featuring the JHLT’s WyoView: Four Seasons project which showcases artwork created by 19 local and regional artists on 19 JHLT easement-protected properties. The open house will be held at JHLT’s new permanent office space, is free and open to the public, and runs from 4-7 PM.

Read the full press release, here.

Employment Opportunity: Administrative Associate

The Jackson Hole Land Trust is seeking to fill the position of Administrative Associate. Please see the job description for details. To apply, email a cover letter and resume to derek@jhlandtrust.org. No phone calls, please.

Submission Deadline: Friday, January 4, 2019 by 5 PM MST.

Pamela Gibson: Jenkins Ranch

I was delighted today to sit down with Mike Wardell on the Jenkins Ranch in the home he has lived in since he was 2. He was so kind to take me through the history of the Jenkins Ranch, and I came away so grateful that the Jenkins Family had the foresight to conserve much of that ranch. They were among the first in the Valley to do so.

For seven years I have been exiting my own neighborhood not realizing the ranch is directly across Boyle’s Hill Road. Today I had permission to proceed through the Do Not Trespass signage onto the immaculate one lane gravel road that bends through the Ranch. What I noticed especially were the very large conifers intertwined with the cottonwoods-very different from the mostly sage and cottonwoods just across the road in my neighborhood. These did not come from the local nursery, but have been growing for decades.

Interspersed among the towering trees were very large open spaces. Mike explained to me that the ranch is ideal for the 500 strong elk herd that comes and goes. He told me every mammal and bird except beavers find a home on the ranch.

The ranch was originally 1100 acres, including Ely Springs and The Dairy. Now it consists of 400 acres, all conserved by the Jackson Hole Land Trust. Mike has been very active in the JHLT over the years, following the legacy of his family. He regaled me with stories of his grandfather driving stagecoaches in Yellowstone early on, still riding at the age of 80 and living until he was 97. I was grateful to be able to have Mike take me through the amazing photos he has documenting the history of the ranch and of his family.

The ranch has been stewarded by this family since 1938. The road, the garden and the footbridge to the house are all carefully tended. As I looked through the front window of this beautiful old home, I saw the Tetons watching over above the trees. This is the legacy of Jenkins Ranch, and because of this stewardship and generosity, this land will remain open in perpetuity.

JHLT moves into new permanent office space

The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) announced today that the organization has moved into a new permanent office space at 690 S Highway 89, Suite 101, as of November 1. Since fall 2013, the JHLT has occupied 185 East Hansen Avenue, a historic building dating back to the 1920s, owned and managed by the Lockhart Family.

Read the full press release, here.

Fall/Winter Open Lands Newsletter available online

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.

Susan Rose: Karns Meadow

WyoView: Four Seasons is a year-long study of Jackson Hole Land Trust Properties. I am one of 19 artists that have each been given the opportunity to visit designated sites throughout the year and submit four works of art to an exhibit that will take place on December 13, 2018.

Forming a deep connection to the conservation land, I aim to portray the changes and cycles that take place on the landscape throughout the year. The property I am studying is Karns Meadow Park in Jackson, Wyoming.

The first painting I have completed represents the Spring season. The best way for me to understand a property is to visit it at different times of the day. I try to understand the different aspects of the meadow and see if I can incorporate those aspects into a single image. I find when I try to seek the essence of that scene I do better with a painting. One way to simplify what I see is to compose a Haiku poem. It helps me to find words that convey meaning and I can translate that meaning visually. Below is the Haiku poem I wrote for Spring and the 9” x 12” painting I completed.

Fresh snow covers blue hills
while lush greens sculpt valley floors.
The earth laughs with life.

Elizabeth Cogburn: Munger Mountain

I was able to tour the Munger Mountain property with Turner Resor earlier this summer. We went up on Munger to have a beautiful view of the valley. I was able to work on some sketches at this lookout point. My photos from this day show the sketches that I am working on. It was especially pretty seeing all the different shades of green, which will change more to golden colors as the summer progresses.