Our History

Our wildlife-friendly path from then to now began in 1993, when a small group of passionate citizens aimed to create a more wildlife-friendly community by forming the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.

In 2018, we celebrated our 25th anniversary working to reduce human-caused impacts on our wild neighbors, right here in Jackson Hole. Though the organization has evolved over the years, we’ve stayed true to our values; a community land ethic in action: creating a better home for our wildlife.

Scroll down to see some of our highlights over the years!

JHWF is founded to promote ways for our community to live compatibly with wildlife.


Give Wildlife a Brake™ begins with an analysis of WYDOT roadkill data and determination of roadkill “hotspots,” enabling WYDOT to place wildlife crossing signs.
The first fence removal project occurs on Fall Creek Rd. in Wilson; JHWF begins collecting roadkill data.


JHWF and partners publish the book, Who Ate the Backyard?—still in print and sold through the Grand Teton Association.
Nicole Halpin and the JHWF begin the campaign to bury North Jackson power lines in order to protect trumpeter swans.


With the help of kids from Red Top Meadows, our volunteers of the year, the fence pull program surpasses 30 miles of removed fences.
JHWF celebrates its tenth anniversary and completes a study on the impacts of roadways on wildlife in Teton County.
On September 16th JHWF reaches a major fence removal milestone: 100 miles of fencing removed, ensuring easy and safe movement of wildlife through public and private lands in Teton County.
JHWF buys six portable message signs to inform the public on dangerous wildlife-vehicle collision areas.


Bear Wise begins as a partnership between JHWF, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
JHWF and Bear Wise partners purchase an educational bear trailer to help our community learn to avoid conflicts with bears.


JHWF teams up with Meg and Bert Raynes Wildlife Fund to expand Nature Mapping Jackson Hole; on August 27th, another major fence removal milestone is reached: 150 miles of fencing removed!
JHWF establishes a Moose Fund to address HWY 390 moose deaths; JHWF purchases two new portable message signs and two fixed radar signs, and partners with WYDOT and Teton Country on installation and maintenance.
JHWF celebrates twenty years of helping the Jackson Hole community to live more compatibly with wildlife!

Fence volunteers pulled or modified their 170th mile of barbed wire or buckrail fence in Teton County, Wyoming


JHWF installed two new radar speed signs on Highway 390 and Nature Mappers recorded their 35,000th wildlife observation
JHWF celebrates its 20th year anniversary of the Wildlife Friendlier Fencing program with 183 miles of fence removed or improved; JHWF purchased and installed two RU2Fast fixed radar signs with flashing violator alerts in targeted wildlife movement corridors within Grand Teton National Park with Give Park Wildlife a Brake campaign.



JHWF receives its first WGFD Chapter 33 permit to start banding Mountain Bluebirds; Nature Mapping Jackson Hole surpasses 50,000 observations. JHWF works with partners to reduce speed limit to 30mph on Broadway between Flat Creek Bridge and Budge Drive and adding fixed radar signs.


JHWF assumes responsibility for a Jackson Hole bird monitoring program known as MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship). Begins collaboration with other non-profits to help advise Teton County on feasibility of establishing strategic wildlife crossings. Nature Mapping launches Neighbors to Nature in Cache Creek and fence volunteers remove their 200th mile of fence!


JHWF partners with local conservation organizations to advance $10 million dollars in funding for wildlife crossing solutions in Teton County onto the November SPET ballot. 

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