The Snake River Corridor Project
Vital ground for Wyoming’s wildlife
With a shared community goal to conserve Jackson Hole’s ecosystem for its beauty, environmental health benefits, and contributions to our economy, it is essential to preserve and protect our valley’s riparian habitat along the Snake River Corridor.
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What is the Snake River Corridor?
Watch Where the West Begins by the Snake River Fund
Percentage of Wyoming's land area comprised of riparian habitat
Percentage of Wyoming's vertebrate species reliant on riparian habitat
How do wildlife use this essential habitat?
One moose collared by the WGFD near the WY22/390 intersection traveled 9 miles to the Phelps Lake area in approximately 14 days. However, the majority of this time was spent stopping along the way.
Elk have the capacity to move quickly across the landscape and will make reconnaissance trips as a component of an overall movement pattern.
Jackson Hole’s mule deer can be residents, short-distant migrants, or long distance migrants traveling up to 150 miles biannually to seasonal ranges (Kauffman et al. 2018).
An example of a local flyway is Flat Creek between the Snake River and ponds and the open waters of Flat Creek on the National Elk Refuge.
By changing how we view the landscape, we can ensure a wildlife-friendly future for our valley
By Troy Koser | PhD Candidate, Montana State University Dear Nature Mappers, Do you love moose and frequently see them in or around your home? If so, we would like for you to consider participating in a scientific project studying the interactions between moose,...
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The Snake River Corridor (SRC) represents the “lifeblood” for local flora and fauna.
Although the SRC provides habitat and relative protection, wildlife must navigate an array of human obstacles. From dog walkers to new roads, as residential development and tourism grow, the impacts of this human footprint on wildlife intensify.
Human development in sensitive riparian zones can sever migration routes, infringe upon vital stopover areas and erode the abundance and quality of summer and winter ranges. This fragmentation, isolation and degradation of habitats threatens many species’ long-term resilience.
Several of our valley’s most prominent wildlife-vehicle collision hotspots occur along the Snake River.
Fences can serve as barriers forcing wildlife onto roadways and separating young animals from their mothers.
With Jackson Hole only 50% “built out,” future development of housing, roads and business must be done responsibly.
As visitation to the Snake River increase, “responsible recreation” becomes paramount
Temperature changes threaten to disrupt ecological balance globally. The SRC is not exempt.
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10,000 Acres Protected
Stewardship of precious riparian habitat
As stewards of the land, when we view the landscape in terms of our uses as well as wildlife’s needs, we can exponentially increase our capacity to make decisions beneficial to all.
“There is growing awareness of the beauty of country … a sincere desire to keep some of it for all time. People are beginning to value highly the fact that a river runs unimpeded for a distance… They are beginning to obtain deep satisfaction from the fact that a herd of elk may be observed in back country, on ancestral ranges, where the Indians once hunted them. They are beginning to seek the healing relaxation that is possible in wild country. In short, they want it.”
Our Partners in Snake River Stewardship
- Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance
- The Snake River Fund
- The Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition
- The Jackson Hole Land Trust
- Ecotours Adventures
- Teton Raptor Center