Wildlife-Friendlier Fencing Dates Set for 2021

As we enter April, we are excited to announce tentative dates for our 2021 wildlife-friendlier fence projects:

June 12 & 26, July 10 & 24, August 7 & 21, September 18 & 25


Science Minded, Solution Oriented

We use our time-tested experience and the best available science to implement wildlife friendlier fencing solutions.


2021 Wildlife-Friendlier Fence Projects


2021 PROJECT DATES: June 12th, June 26th, July 10th, July 24th, August 7th, August 21st, September 18th and September 25th


We are currently recruiting volunteers to join our Wildlife-Friendlier Fencing Program as we enter our 25th season!

Volunteers are invited to join us on any of the Saturday project dates listed above.

Details and RSVP information for each project are emailed to our fence volunteer email list 1-2 weeks prior to the project dates. If you are not on our fence-specific email list and would like to be added, please email kyle@jhwildlife.org to have your email added to our list.

Miles of Fences Updated

Volunteers Past 6 yrs.

# Projects Past 6 yrs.

Volunteer Hours Past 6 yrs.

Wildlife Friendlier Fencing Program

The West is laced with thousands of miles of fence. Removing fences entirely opens up landscapes to unrestricted wildlife movement, but in many cases agricultural fences remain a necessary element of the Western landscape. The good news is that those fences can serve a purpose that meets human needs while being friendlier to wildlife movement. While working with landowners to identify feasible ways to accommodate wildlife movement and make fences safer for wildlife, we can create permeable landscapes and demonstrate a wildlife-friendly community’s commitment to a shared land ethic.

In addition to the possibility of entanglement or mortality, unfriendly fences also present less obvious barriers to wildlife movement. Animals uncomfortable crossing what appears to be an impenetrable fence may change their route significantly and expend valuable energy reserves that are particularly precious in winter. This can affect their ability to survive during winter months, especially if the animal is very young or old.

While we know that fences can be problematic in many ways, we also know that simple solutions are available. Our “Fence Team” is eager to discuss and implement those solutions with many private and public partners. Let us know if you have an unfriendly fence that needs some friendly modification, or if you’d like us to help remove it completely. We are grateful to hundreds of volunteers who have helped us remove or modify over 200 miles of fence over the past two decades, many of whom remain ready to pitch in this summer along with new folks who want to give back to wildlife.

Can’t make it on a fence pull? Consider  sponsoring a fence project!

“Fence Team”

The sheer volume of fence program work necessitates a core of volunteers who act as the “Fence Team.” They help to coordinate volunteer efforts and on-the-ground logistics, ensuring that there is always an experienced fence specialist on every project site. JHWF values and will rely upon the commitment of the following individuals to accomplish its work.

Gretchen Plender
Randy Reedy
Steve Morriss
Scott Landale

Building a Fence?

Click here to learn how to make a “wildlife-friendlier” fence on your property!

The 229 miles of fence removed or modified by JHWF's volunteers and partners could encircle Grand Teton National Park.

Free to Roam

The short film “Free to Roam” documents the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Friendlier Fencing Program, which celebrated its 20th year in 2016.

Created by Sava Malachowski and Valerie Schramm of Open Range Films, it chronicles the history of the program, the need for the work, and the dedication of hundreds of volunteers!

Photo Credits:

Henry Holdsworth
Mark Gocke
Steve Morriss
Sava Malachowski
Leine Stikkel
Tim Griffith
Jon Mobeck

Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

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Jackson, WY 83001

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