Establish a 10,000-acre conservation area to maintain healthy populations of elk and bison, protect the ranching way of life, and safeguard businesses dependent on the Jackson Hole elk herd.
Strategy and Outcomes:
WildLandscapes is working in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a strategy for managing elk and bison populations wintering on National Elk Refuge. Together with local ranchers, sportspeople, and other stakeholders, we are exploring the possibility of acquiring conservation easements from willing sellers, which would prevent development and allow for grazing of elk and bison during winter months.
The expanded grazing area would decrease crowding and disease transmission of the Jackson Hole elk and bison herds, as well as of pronghorn antelope and deer. A potential outcome of this project is the creation of a 10,000-acre conservation area funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Farm Bill, and private philanthropy. The work in Jackson can be replicated in other key wintering areas of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.