It’s difficult to grow food in Jackson Hole’s chilly climate, resulting in food being our largest import expense with 96% of our food being imported into the valley. This uses inordinate amounts of fossil fuels, makes it tough for grocers and restaurants to source locally grown food, and challenging for consumers to afford it, limiting accessibility for everyone.
Jackson Hole should build a robust
localized and regionalized
food system because our community
deserves affordable, healthy, regionally
sourced food grown in an
environmentally responsible way.
With booming food markets in Idaho, Utah, Colorado, and Montana, we can focus on sourcing regionally while building our local food economies.
Trash is our community’s biggest export, with our trash shipped 100 miles one-way to a landfill in Idaho costing us approximately three million dollars a year. Even though it costs less than half as much to recycle and compost, we currently divert only 34% of our waste.
Jackson Hole should achieve 60%
diversion of our waste into
recycling and compost programs
This would save our community millions of dollars each year, take dozens of trucks off of our roads, and reduce our consumption of fossil fuels.
At first glance, you wouldn’t think water is an issue in Jackson Hole. America’s greatest rivers start their long journey to the sea in our backyard, most of our rivers and streams are protected, and our groundwater aquifer is in robust shape. Yet our local creeks are under threat.
Development gone wrong threatens Fish Creek with nutrient pollution, changing the character of this once fish-rich stream. While a toxic cocktail of polluted runoff flows into Flat Creek every time it rains and as the snow melts.
Jackson Hole’s creeks should be
clean and clear and provide for
thriving fish and riverine habitats.
We should take responsibility for doing development right and cleaning up dirty water before it enters our creeks.
Because of climate change, the risk of bigger, badder wildfires in Jackson Hole is expected to increase sevenfold in the coming years. Imagine the 1988 Yellowstone fires becoming a normal occurrence. Consider that nearly 4,500 homes in Teton County are located in the wildland-urban interface, directly in the path of future wildfires. Think about the threat this poses to our families, our homes and property, and the budgets of the Forest Service and our local firefighting agencies.
Jackson Hole should prepare to
live with and through wildfire.
This will involve homeowners taking personal responsibility for making small, easy changes that prepare their private property for wildfire, directing growth away from areas at risk from wildfire, the adoption of regulations that encourage people to build and operate homes in ways that reduce wildfire risk, and increased funding for fire prevention and suppression.