Meet Alex Few: Park County Open Lands Director
After a comprehensive nationwide search for a director to lead the newly formed Park County Open Lands, the group has identified a winning combination of experience and local expertise right here in Park County. Alex Few has been selected to lead Park County Open Lands, a new regional program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust.
“Working at the intersection of wildlife conservation and working lands management for more than a decade, I have a deep respect for the knowledge of those who steward working lands and provide valuable habitat for our region’s iconic wildlife,” Few said. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the community that I have called home since moving to my husband’s Powell farm in 2016.”
Park County will now have a locally driven land trust dedicated to the conservation of the region’s open space and agricultural lands. Park County Open Lands represents the multi-year vision of long-time residents with interests in open space, agriculture, local economics, wildlife, and recreation. United by the growing pressure of development, the 11-member local advisory council joined forces with the Jackson Hole Land Trust to more quickly meet landowner needs. Park County Open Lands is the newest Northwest Wyoming regional program of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. Landowners in Sublette and Fremont counties are also working with regional staff and local advisors as part of the land trust.
Park County Open Lands is already working with several willing landowners to create voluntary conservation easements to maintain their private property forever free of development. In her role, Few will work closely with the Advisory Council to advance conservation projects that maintain the region’s iconic open space and protect the agricultural industry, an important sector of our rural economy.
“Park County Open Lands is thrilled to have Alex as our first director. She has a great vision for how Park County Open Lands can fill a critical role in preserving open spaces and working lands,” said Park County Open Lands Advisory Council Member Rebekah Burns. She continued “Park County citizens speak often about western values, access, and open lands. These are huge assets to our local economy and differentiate Park County to agriculture and tourism business investors.”
Few officially began as Park County Open Lands Director on February 15. Park County Open Lands will offer several opportunities for the community to get to know her better in her new capacity, including a Park County Open Lands Community Picnic this summer.
“I am honored to work with the long-time local residents of the Park County Open Lands Advisory Council to protect local values while bringing the expertise and energy of the team at the Jackson Hole Land Trust to help meet the needs of landowners in Park County,” said Few. “I look forward to supporting landowners, livelihoods, and landscapes for future generations.”
To learn more about the program, please visit jhlandtrust.org/PCOL. Park County Open Lands is also seeking office space in Cody. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with leads.