Our History

Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance: Protecting What We Love – Celebrating 40 Years from Orijin Media on Vimeo.

We’ve accomplished a lot over our 40 year history! Here are some of our most important victories.


  • 1979: Alliance forms as the Jackson Hole Alliance for Responsible Planning
  • 1980: Stopped a shopping center from being built in Kelly
  • 1982: Kept oil and gas development out of Cache Creek Canyon
  • 1983: Thwarted a proposed dam on the Snake River that would have drowned the Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park
  • 1980s: Helped secure $1.8 million in federal funds that allowed the Jackson Hole Land Trust to preserve $4 million in private, scenic ranchlands in Buffalo Valley.
  • Late 1980s: Worked successfully to keep a water slide amusement park from being developed across from the National Elk Refuge
  • 1990: Prevented a Wal-Mart store from being built on scenic hay meadows on the south end of Jackson
  • 1992: Worked to keep an IMAX amusement park-style theater out of downtown Jackson and an outlet shopping mall out of the “Y” intersection in Jackson
  • 1994: Helped keep a grizzly bear theme park out of Teton County
  • 1997: Alliance changes its name to the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance
  • 1999: Successfully coordinated diverse groups of residents to defeat a proposal for a North Snake River Bridge, which would have destroyed one of the valley’s last intact wildlife corridors
  • 2000: Succeeded in a joint campaign to secure 369,900 acres on Togwotee Pass from oil and gas leasing
  • 2001: Led efforts with partners to defeat Porter Estate annexation proposal to develop 822 acres of ranchland adjacent to Jackson
  • 2005: Received National Conservation Education Award for Alliance’s Don’t Poach the Powder program
  • 2006: Fought oil and gas drilling on the Hoback River through field trips, research, comments, and advocacy
  • 2010: Successfully advocated for the establishment of a Town and County Natural Resources Technical Advisory Board (NRTAB)
  • 2012: Successfully provided input for a new Joint Town & County Comprehensive Plan, adopted with core language “protect and preserve the area’s ecosystem”
  • 2013: Launched the Conservation Leadership Institute to empower locals to make a difference on issues they care about
  • 2015: Prevented a tripling of downtown commercial development potential which could have resulted in 20 more Marriott-sized hotels downtown; and Town & County elected representatives agree to cap commercial development.
  • 2016: Won EarthJustice-led lawsuit to protect wolverines
  • 2019: Led grassroots campaign for voter support of $10 million for wildlife crossings
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685 S. Cache St. PO Box 2728
Jackson, Wyoming 83001