The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation (JHWF) works with many people and partners to reduce human-caused impacts on wildlife. We improve wildlife movement corridors by removing or modifying fence and road barriers through our Wildlife Friendlier Fencing and Give Wildlife a Brake programs. We also gather and disseminate wildlife observation data through our Nature Mapping Jackson Hole citizen science program, informing policy creation and increasing local wildlife knowledge and appreciation.
JHWF fosters enduring partnerships by engaging agencies, organizations, landowners and volunteers at the local level. We have a history of working collaboratively to implement landscape-scale conservation science through direct actions. While connecting and engaging people in our work, our aim is to improve wildlife habitat tangibly and advance a wildlife-friendly land ethic.
In 2018, we celebrate our 25th anniversary! As we continue to reduce human-caused impacts on wildlife, our goal is to build a sustaining network of advocates to protect wildlife well into the future.
We hope you’ll join us in this rewarding work!
Fun With Fences!
View a one-minute video of scenes from a recent wildlife friendlier fence project. Assistant bird bander Max Frankenberry captured the footage in an absolutely beautiful location south of Jackson Hole, Wyoming on Horse Creek Mesa. We removed over a mile of obsolete barbed wire fences that form a boundary between Wyoming Game and Fish Department land and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
You’ll get a sense of what our non-profit organization staff, partners WGFD and BTNF, and our tireless volunteers do during a fun and fulfilling day improving the landscape for wildlife.
The wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will. - Theodore Roosevelt
Each year, we organize hundreds of volunteers to remove or modify fences to make them friendlier to wildlife movement. We rely on the voluntary engagement of private landowners and public agencies as we work to reduce migratory barriers and improve landscape permeability.
Nature Mapping Jackson Hole, founded by Meg and Bert Raynes and friends, provides an opportunity for citizen scientists to contribute to our local wildlife knowledge base. The collective observations create a long-term dataset of wildlife distribution throughout Jackson Hole, and further connects us to the wild spirit of our valley.
In 1994, JHWF launched a multi-faceted wildlife-vehicle collision reduction campaign with immediate mitigation measures on Jackson Hole’s highways to make roads safer for people and wildlife. As we maintain that original work, we also now compile and distribute data that informs future transportation planning with partners such as the Wyoming Department of Transportation and Wyoming Game and Fish Department.