Protecting the wildlife, wild places, and community character of Jackson Hole is a lofty mission. In order to effectively be the watchdog to all the various proposals that could impact our wildlife and community’s character, we engage with numerous community members, partner organizations,and nonprofits daily to ensure we are advocating for the best conservation policies possible.
From teaming up with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition to expand our Don’t Poach the Powder campaign into Teton Valley, Idaho, to working with the partners in the Keep it Public, Wyoming, movement to advocate for keeping public lands in public hands, we are continuously engaging with other groups to be more effective and efficient.
Even if we had the best conservation policy proposals, it would not matter if the elected representatives did not care.
This is why the Alliance, in our unique role in Jackson Hole, works to hold our elected representatives accountable. After advocating for the practices and policies, we continue to track decisions and outcomes to make sure the decisions are honored. If they are not, it is our role to inform the public.
Some of this is done through our civic engagement work, by tracking votes, circulating voter guides to the public, and informing voters how different elected representatives voted on various issues.
We also hold our elected representatives accountable to the values of the community. When we provide comment letters or speak up at Town or County public meetings, we constantly remind our elected representatives that the community listed protecting our ecosystem as the community’s highest priority in the Comprehensive Plan.
To continue to support efforts that hold our elected representatives accountable to doing the right thing, please give a gift to the Alliance before the end of the year.