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.
Upcoming at R Park
R ParkThursday, December 20, 2018, 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
Join friends and family at R Park to celebrate the winter solstice. Enjoy local refreshments and sna...
Green River Valley
R ParkSaturday, August 10, 2019, 4:00 pm-8:00 pm
Our Annual Picnic takes place on the second Sunday of August. Come back for more information in Spri...
Laurie has led the Jackson Hole Land Trust as President since 2005. During her time as President, she has successfully completed numerous land protection projects, placing nearly 6,000 acres in permanent protection to date. She has spearheaded two 5-Year Strategic Plans which currently guide the direction of the Land Trust, and expanded the reach of the Land Trust further into the Greater Yellowstone Area with the launch of the Wind River Program in 2007. Looking ahead, she continues to focus on land conservation in the priority areas of the Greater Yellowstone, and the integral role the Land Trust plays in the health of this ecosystem.
Prior to joining the Land Trust, Laurie held fundraising and program director roles at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for seven years. As Southern Yellowstone Program Director, Laurie launched complex land projects and completed numerous land deals with federal, state, non-profit, and private stakeholders, monitoring many easements on foot and horseback with local landowners. As Director of Philanthropy for the Washington state office of TNC, Laurie raised over $12 million annually from individuals, foundations and corporations. Laurie’s previous work history includes experience in corporate, major gifts, and special event fundraising at Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center Foundation in Santa Monica, California. She holds a B.S. degree from Pepperdine University. An avid trail runner, skier, and angler, she enjoys exploring destinations near and far with her husband Perk Perkins and their four dogs. Laurie grew up on a peach orchard in northern California. Her passion for land conservation in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone is in part fueled by the memory of the open spaces and rolling agricultural landscapes of her childhood that are now gone forever.
Jr joined the Land Trust in October of 2017. Born and raised in the Bayou City, Jr’s appreciation of open space grew from exploring his local waterways and bikeways. He graduated from Reed College in Portland, Oregon in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science focusing on International Relations. Jr brings environmental non-profit and community engagement experience from his positions as Manager of Programs and Development for the Greens Bayou Coalition and Trip Leader for National Geographic Student Expeditions. Jr enjoys trail running, travel photography, kayaking, and eating banh mi.
Ellie joined the Land Trust in 2017. Originally from bustling metropolis of Charlotte, North Carolina, she moved to the smaller town of Burlington, North Carolina to pursue her undergraduate degree, where she graduated from Elon University in 2012. Shortly afterward, Ellie relocated to Jackson, Wyoming to pursue her love of the outdoors. Ellie brings non-profit experience from her position as Communications and Events Analyst at Rendezvous Park. Ellie has now been in the Jackson region for over 5 years and enjoys skiing, backpacking, mountain biking and cultivating her expansive collection of vinyl records.
Jenny joined the Land Trust in August of 2011. Originally from the small town of West Baldwin, Maine, she graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts in 2005 with a dual degree in Political Science and Communication Studies. Jenny brings non-profit and grant administration experience from her position as Program Coordinator at the Kodiak Area Native Association in Kodiak, Alaska. Jenny has recently relocated from Alaska to Jackson and enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking, running, and knitting.