Last year, we launched AGENDA 22, an uncensored vision of a better future for Jackson Hole and a blueprint for how we can make our community a national model of living in balance with nature. You can learn more about AGENDA 22 here.
AGENDA 22 explains the challenges we face as a community, a positive vision of responding to these challenges, balanced solutions we can adopt to achieve this vision, stories of people working to make this vision a reality, indicators we can use to measure our progress toward this vision, and tangible things you can do to help make it happen.
Through an honest conversation about the long-term consequences of our decisions based on facts and data, empowering countless volunteer leaders to work together toward a better future, collaboration with our partners on campaigns to realize tangible change, holding our elected representatives accountable for making decisions in our community’s best long-term interest, and with the support of people like you, we’ve taken large strides toward the AGENDA 22 vision of a community living in balance with nature over the past year.
Here are 22 ways the Alliance helped our community advance the AGENDA 22 vision over the past year:
- Worked with key local partner to secure funding in the Teton County budge for the development of a Wildlife Crossings Master Plan.
- Protected our American public lands through supporting both the Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of Commissioners in passing resolutions recognizing the value of our public lands and opposing their transfer to state control, and rallying people to speak out against both state and federal bills threatening our American public lands.
- Started research on the “State of Wildlife” project, a study that will examine the status of and threats to wildlife in Jackson Hole.
- Collaborated with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation, Yellowstone to Yukon Initiative, and Center for Large Landscape Conservation to monitor wildlife by deploying 10 cameras at various potential wildlife crossing sites on South Highway 89 to collect data and images to better inform final design considerations for wildlife crossings.
- Supported Grand Teton National Park in developing a Moose-Wilson Corridor Comprehensive Management Plan that focuses on protecting wildlife and habitat in the corridor, while making it easier and safer for people to visit the corridor on foot, bicycle, and corridor-appropriate public transit.
- Partnered with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition to reach a resolution with the Forest Service that takes an important step toward reducing our reliance on supplemental elk feeding.
- Succeeded with a coalition of 9 groups challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s refusal to acknowledge facts and data and protect wolverines under the Endangered Species Act.
- Launched a brand new Wild Neighborhoods website to provide our community with information and resources regarding proactive measures to reduce conflicts with wildlife and prepare for wildfire.
- Relaunched “Don’t Poach the Powder,” a collaborative campaign to inform backcountry recreationists about areas closed seasonally to protect wildlife.
- Worked collaboratively with an “informal group” of diverse stakeholders to develop and agree on recommendations to encourage the permanent protection of open space through updates to our rural land use rules, many of which were incorporated by the Teton County Board of Commissioners in the recently adopted update to our rural area land development regulations (LDRs). These updated rural LDRs direct approximately 2,500 residential units out of the rural areas of our valley, which will help our community accomplish our goal of directing 60% of future growth into complete neighborhoods, the largest of which is the Town of Jackson.
- Released the Jackson/Teton County Land Development Study to support implementation of the Comprehensive Plan.
- Rallied hundreds of people to speak for updates to our downtown land use rules that will benefit local small businesses as they work to house and keep their hard-working employees, keep downtown vibrant and the heart of our town, and prioritize housing our community’s middle class.
- Successfully advocated for a unanimous vote from the Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of Commissioners to limit new additional commercial and lodging development potential, helping to ensure that updates to our land use rules will help address our community’s housing challenge.
- Drafted a set of model natural resources provisions in advance of the update to our natural resources regulations.
- Encouraged the Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of Commissioners to adopt an integrated transportation plan (ITP) that takes constructive steps toward our community’s vision of people having the freedom to safely and conveniently get where they need to go on foot, bike, or transit, while not expanding the highways that divide our community.
- Participated as a stakeholder in the development of the Housing Action Plan.
- Co-hosted a meeting regarding potential solutions to summer traffic congestion with the Teton Village ISD involving twenty representatives from Grand Teton National Park, Teton County, Town of Jackson, WYDOT, Bridger Teton National Forest, START Bus, and Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce.
- Advocated for the Jackson Town Council and Teton County Board of Commissioners to develop a plan to fund our community’s priorities of protecting wildlife habitat and open space while making it safe for wildlife to cross our roads, providing housing affordable to people who work here, and increasing transportation choices.
- Co-hosted a public meeting with Governor Mead’s office attended by over 70 people on the future of Wyoming’s next energy strategy and providing recommendations regarding how Wyoming can start leading the charge toward the clean energy economy of the future.
- Empowered 84 volunteers who knocked on 1,100 doors and spoke with 400 of their neighbors about our wildlife, transportation, and housing challenges through the #JacksonPoll.
- Graduated 29 new conservation superheroes from rounds four and five of our Conservation Leadership Institute.
- Launched a Leadership Council to help keep our values and actions aligned with the community we serve.
Thank you for everything you have done to help advance these balanced solutions that protect the wildlife, wild places, and community character of Jackson Hole. We can’t wait to see what we are able to accomplish together this coming year as we collaborate toward a better future for our community.