Wednesday, December 11, 2013
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center
$5 suggested donation for dinner
Mary Gibson Scott, Conservationist of the Year
Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute Class of 2013, Hats Off Award
At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11 the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance will host its 34th Annual Meeting. The evening starts with an Open House at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center where the community is welcome to join us for a light dinner, drinks, and mingling with fellow friends of the Alliance. The event, emceed by Jon Christensen of The Laff Staff, will include awards to Mary Gibson Scott of Grand Teton National Park and the Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute Class of 2013. At 7:00 p.m. Kniffy Hamilton, Board Chair, will present the successes we have achieved in 2013, the challenges we face as we move forward into our 35th Anniversary in 2014, and how the community must be involved to protect the wildlife, wild places, and community character of Jackson Hole. The evening will wrap up with the presentation of the Conservationist of the Year and Hats Off awards. The community is invited to attend any and all of the evening’s program; a suggested donation of $5 for dinner is encouraged.
The Alliance Honors Lifetime Achievement and Leadership
During the Alliance’s celebration of the year’s successes, it will also honor community members for their invaluable work and dedication toward protecting Jackson Hole’s unique character.
Annually since 2003, the Alliance has recognized an outstanding Conservationist of the Year. The award was created to honor those who have shown a lifetime of commitment to conservation, and this year, the award is being granted to a person who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the ecology of Jackson Hole and beyond—Mary Gibson Scott.
Mary Gibson Scott, superintendent of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway since 2004, will receive the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance Conservationist of the Year award. Superintendent Scott is being recognized for her numerous accomplishments in managing one of the most beloved, unique, and high-profile national parks in the U.S. Scott is retiring at the end of the year after more than three decades with the National Park Service. Her accomplishments at Grand Teton National Park include construction of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, the park’s premier visitor facility; the conveyance and public opening of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve; and renovation of Grand Teton’s headquarters campus. She also initiated and facilitated a comprehensive environmental impact statement for the Jackson Hole Airport—a controversial facility because it is located in a national park.
In addition, the Alliance is pleased to announce the “Hats Off Award” to the conservation superheroes of the Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute Class of 2013.
The Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute (CLI) is a program of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. It is a rigorous leadership development program offered at no charge. Graduates of CLI have the skills and knowledge to organize, advocate, and hold local decision-makers accountable for building a better future for Jackson Hole. CLI starts with the basics of conservation organizing and progresses each week as participants learn and practice new skills. Each session of the eight-week course included speakers from the community ranging from local electeds such as Mayor Mark Barron to conservation leaders like Chris Colligan of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition.
The 20 graduates of the Conservation Leadership Institute class of 2013 are: Abbie Bilotta, Trevor Bloom, Carter Cox, Alicia Cox, Ali Dunford, Kate Foster, Alex Freeburg, Aaron Hamby, Joslin Heyward, Des Jennings, Suzanne Knighton, Emily Kornhauser, Tori Murphy, Alli Noland, Dawson Smith, Annika Sohlstrom, Scott Steen, Phoebe Stoner, Anya Tyson, and Mackenzie White.
Contact: Annika Sohlstrom, Program Coordinator, or call 307-733-9417.