• Elk Calves

    Elk Calves

    Three elk calves at play. Photo copyright Thomas D. Mangelsen

  • Winter Pastures - Bison

    Winter Pastures - Bison

    A lone bison trudges through the snow in search of food on the National Elk Refuge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Photo copyright Thomas D. Mangelsen

  • Daybreak on the Tetons - Mule Deer

    Daybreak on the Tetons - Mule Deer

    Mule deer below the Teton Range at sunrise in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Photo copyright Thomas D. Mangelsen

  • Grizzly 399 with cubs

    Grizzly 399 with cubs

    With nose pointed high, 15-year-old Grizzly 399 sniffs the gentle breeze as she pauses in a meadow; taking their mother’s lead, the three cubs mimic her, learning the ancient ways of the grizzly. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Photo copyright Thomas D. Mangelsen

  • Conservation & Community

    Conservation & Community

    The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance Seasonal Magazine

Welcome to the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance

Who we are:

We are a grassroots organization that provides balanced solutions for the community and environment of Jackson Hole.

We engage people in creating a future that is in harmony with the wildlife, scenery, and community character.

We use research and collaboration to advance practical policies.

Since 1979, thousands of Conservation Alliance supporters have helped our staff achieve thoughtful, community-based conservation in Jackson Hole.

Suggested comments for Wyoming 9 Greater sage-grouse plan

The comments below are merely suggestions. We encourage you to personalize your letter!

Please send your comments to:

Lisa Solberg Schwab 
Wildlife Biologist
Bureau of Land Management Pinedale Field Office 
Via email: Sagegrouse_Amendment_WY@blm.gov
P.O. Box 768 
1625 West Pine Street 
Pinedale, WY  82941

Dear Lisa Solberg Schwab,

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the Wyoming 9 Greater sage-grouse management plan. I support the Bureau of Land Management’s efforts to conserve Greater sage-grouse in Wyoming. My preferred alternative is Alternative C: the alternative based on the input of citizen groups and that affords the greatest protection for managing Greater sage-grouse in Wyoming.

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Talk back! Help build a better transportation future for Jackson Hole

Transportation. The “driving” force behind the future of our community. The transportation decisions we make today shape the type of community we will become tomorrow and should reflect our values.

And over the next year, Jackson Hole faces proverbial and literal crossroads.

Down one road we can choose to become a community where we’re forced to drive because it’s not safe to walk or bike and transit is inconvenient and unreliable. In this future, newly expanded four-lane highways make it nearly impossible for wildlife to safely cross the road.

The other path leads us to becoming a community where it’s easy and safe to walk, bike, take transit, and drive to get where we need to go; wildlife can safely cross the road; and we make small, targeted improvements that make it more convenient for all of us to get around.

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Protect wildlife and make it safer to bike and walk the Moose-Wilson corridor

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You can’t pick up the News & Guide these days without being bombarded by articles and opinions about Grand Teton National Park’s planning process to develop a comprehensive management plan for the Moose-Wilson corridor.

With all of this noise, it’s easy to miss the signal of what’s really going on with this issue.

It all comes down to a fundamental question of how one views the Moose-Wilson corridor: As a transportation corridor for people trying to drive across the county, or as a special place to visit in Grand Teton National Park because of its rich wildlife habitat and abundant recreational opportunities.

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How do you solve a problem like goats in Grand Teton National Park?

by Zeenie ScholzCommunications Coordinator

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Mountain goats are a spectacular, charismatic species that were introduced into the area near Palisades in the late 70s to provide recreational opportunities for hunters. Wildlife biologists at the time didn’t anticipate that these goats would migrate north into Grand Teton National Park and establish a breeding population by 2008. But they have.

It took decades for mountain goats to establish a permanent population in Grand Teton National Park and now that they are there biologists such as Steve Cain of Grand Teton National Park have indicated that these non-native mountain goats may carry pathogens that could infect bighorn in Grand Teton National Park.

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Speak up against the mine in South Park

Write your letter today!

In Jackson Hole we don’t take kindly to people whom selfishly put their own interests above the needs of the community. And we certainly don’t appreciate people who think the rules don’t apply to them. 

That’s why a proposal from Mr. Roger Seherr-Thoss for a 12-fold increase of his illegally expanded gravel mine is so galling.

Imagine living in South Park. Your kids love to play at the neighborhood park. You safely drive, walk, jog, and bike on South Park Loop road. You frequently see wildlife. It’s quiet and feels rural. Except for the dang gravel mine that’s completely out of place. 

Click here to help stop a 12-fold expansion of the Seherr-Thoss gravel operation in South Park.

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Conservation superheroes battle myth that it's too hard to make a difference

Mayor Barron speaks at CLI

We’ve all heard the myth. People in Jackson Hole are too busy working two jobs, skiing, climbing, kayaking, or [insert fun outdoor activity here] to get involved in creating a better future for our valley.
 

  • When we launched the Jackson Hole Conservation Leadership Institute (CLI) we knew we were testing the assumptions of this myth. Who would want to spend three hours every Thursday night for eight weeks learning how to become a conservation superhero? Thankfully for our shared future, the myth is false.

 

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Cut out the salt for healthier wildlife

Deer licking salt block

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Alliance Supports Housing Trust Affordable Rentals Proposal

Dear Mayor and Town Council members:

The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance is pleased to be able to support the request to the Town for  $1.6 million dollars in funding for the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust’s proposal to develop 18 units of affordable rental housing.

The potential project will not only fill a critical gap in housing, but is aligned with the goals and values expressed in the comprehensive plan and by the Alliance. It represents an efficient use of land with existing infrastructure and transit. Locating in an already urbanized area wisely preserves natural resources, including wildlife and habitat.

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The cougar was probably not this calm

We just heard from Don Stuchell, a resident of the Forest Edge neighborhood in Alta, Wyo. Stuchell just had a free Wild Neighborhoods assessment of his property. He wrote us with this amazing (and timely) story:

“During your visit, you recommended I screen in [underneath] the front deck to my house to prevent mountain lions or other wildlife from harboring there. Well two days later, when it was raining pretty hard, I was looking out my large front window when 'lo and behold' a mountain lion came running down my driveway and ran right under my deck to get shelter! I will definitely be taking your advice to screen-in the space under my deck!”

Thanks, Don, for sharing your story with us.

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