And the work has just begun. It was back in 1989 that the idea of a Land Trust in Teton Valley was born. Early discussions by Michael Whitfield, a multigenerational resident, and others reflected a growing concern about the increasing development in Teton Valley and the effect these changes were having on wildlife and ranching.
Because of the rare plant and wide-ranging animal species that depend upon it, the Teton River Basin has been ranked the number one private lands conservation priority area within the entire Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for its combination of irreplaceable ecological value and vulnerability.
The South Fork Snake River corridor from Swan Valley to Menan Buttes is one of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s most outstanding fish and wildlife resources, including the cottonwood gallery forest along this reach of the river, named the number one wildlife resource in Idaho.
Because of the combination of rare plant and animal populations in the area, the Henry’s Fork River is ranked as the number two conservation priority within the entire Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for its irreplaceable ecological value.
The Island Park Caldera, the Henry’s Lake Flat, Shotgun Valley, and the south slope of the Centennial Range make up a large and diverse landscape, where there are is great value for migratory and wintering elk and sage grouse, raptor migration corridors, and expansive habitats of value to many species.
Teton Regional Land Trust is celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year! We are very proud of this accomplishment and excited to share stories, special events, and experiences with you throughout the year. This graphic shows some of our most important successes that have been made possible by our members and supporters and our amazing staff and board of directors. We hope you’ll celebrate with us! ...
I’m 2019, we received more inquiries than ever from landowners across our seven-county service area. Collectively over 10,000 acres could be protected by these landowners, including properties in Island Park and Shotgun Valley, both critical wildlife migration areas.
Just in time for Christmas, we completed a new 100-acre conservation easement along Fox Creek in Teton Valley. This project adds to an existing 120-acre conservation easement which is part of a 3,000-acre complex of protected lands stretching from the confluence of Fox Creek and the Teton River to the South Bates Bridge. Its large spring-fed wetlands provide a safe place for hundreds of waterbirds and other wintering wildlife. Species that were spotted over the Christmas holiday include Great Blue Heron, Belted Kingfisher, Trumpeter Swan, river otter, moose, and songbirds like the Cedar Waxwing. Photos by Beech Huntsman.