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Mar 8 – Changing Land, Changing Water Presentation

VARD's Teton Valley Sustainability Series

The Teton Valley Sustainability Series is a five-part series of presentations on the issues that matter most to the people of Teton Valley.  Join your neighbors as we learn about the issues and discuss how our decisions as a community impact the sustainability of both our economy and our environment and find out how you can become more involved in that decision making process. 

All events are FREE, light refreshments will be provided

1.  New Report Details Declines in Mule Deer Populations
Wednesday, November 16th – 6:30 – 8:00pm, Driggs Senior Center

A recent study commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation reviewed 30 years of population data for mule deer and other species along the Wyoming/Colorado border.  The results of the study indicate that growing human demands on the landscape correspond to lower animal numbers, reduced population resilience, and slower rebounds from cyclical pressures such as hard winters, drought and disease. 

Join Matthew Copeland, Public Lands Director of the Wyoming Wildlife Federation and Valley Advocates for Responsible Development for a presentation on the findings of the study and a discussion of what it means for places like Teton Valley.

2.  The Dollars and $ense of Development and Taxes
Wednesday, December 14th – 6:30 – 8:00pm, Driggs Senior Center

Location matters in real estate.  Whether you’re buying a home, selling a home, or providing public services to a home, location should make all the difference in the world to you.  Come learn the facts about residential locations and the impacts that different locations have on your pocketbook.  Find out who wins and who loses based on where a development is located and the impact that location can have on your local tax bills.  Learn how you can have a voice in those decisions.

3.  Building Sustainability Through Recreational Access and Opportunities:  The Case for Nordic Grooming in Teton Valley
Thursday, January 19th – 6:30 – 8:00pm,RESCHEDULED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd – 6:30 – 8:00pm. 

Driggs Senior Center

How can a ski trail create a job?  Why do people in spandex make a difference in my life?  Tim Adams, Executive Director of Teton Valley Trails & Pathways will present the case for grooming Nordic trails as a pathway towards a more sustainable community.  Join us for an evening of presentation, discussion, and to learn how to become more involved in the future of Teton Valley.

4.  Who Will Take Over the Ranch?
Thursday, February 9th – 6:30 – 8:00pm, Driggs Senior Center

The agricultural heritage of Teton Valley is a valuable piece of our community’s identity.  Preserving that heritage will allow us to become as ecologically and economically sustainable as possible.  But, the practical realities of maintaining large, working agricultural parcels in the 21st century are becoming increasingly complicated.  Join Chet Work, Executive Director of the Teton Regional Land Trust for a discussion of some of the possibilities for maintaining a viable agricultural future for Teton Valley.

5.  Changing Land, Changing Water
March 8th – 6:30 – 8:00pm, Driggs Senior Center

In the arid west, many would agree that water is our most precious natural resource. However, managing this resource is extremely challenging. Relationships among hydrology, economy, and ecology are complex, opinions about priorities are diverse, and emotions run high. Well-intentioned decisions to provide more water for one group of users or resources can have significant and costly impacts on others.

Friends of the Teton River (FTR) recently partnered on a 3-year study to examine the effects of land use change – from irrigated farmland to residential development – on our valley’s precious water resources. One of the outcomes of this study is a series of recommendations for sustainable water management, targeted at County and City Planners, Canal Company Managers, and Homeowners Associations and individual residents.

Join FTR staff for a discussion of some of the ways we can all work together to understand and plan for the impacts of land use change on water management.


With generous support from: 1% for the Tetons











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