We believe that Jackson Hole can be a national model of a community living in balance with nature. Our community has some of the greatest wildlife and natural resources of anywhere in the Lower 48 states – and as a result, we should have the greatest protections of our wildlife and natural resources of anywhere in the Lower 48. We must strongly protect our ecosystem, the “goose that lays the golden eggs” for both our quality of life and our economy.
While the overall future of wildlife populations can come down to forces beyond Town and County control, our natural resource protections allow us to maintain and protect complete and connected habitat, and thus maintain native species resiliency to coming threats like disease and climate change.
We were impressed by the amount of public comment that came out of the Town and County’s Engage2017 process and were pleased to see strong support for protecting wildlife, wildlife habitat, water, and other natural resources and for creating safe wildlife crossings. We generally agreed with the recommendations set forth by the stakeholder group. In our comments to the County Commission, we provided additional reasons and evidence for the policy questions. You can read our entire comments here.