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Nov 16th Teton Valley Sustainability Series Kicks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 9, 2011

Contact:

Jen Werlin, Communications & Development Manager
jen@tetonvalleyadvocates.org
208-354-1707

Teton Valley Sustainability Series Kicks Off Wednesday, November 16th

New Report Highlights Deer, Pronghorn Declines: Data over 30 years show growing demands on landscape correspond with a drop in herd numbers

Many reports coming out of the field this year are that the deer hunt in and around Teton Valley has been a difficultone. While high fawn and doe mortality rates over the past couple of winters are surely to blame for what looks like a significant decline in our local herds, a recent report commissioned by theNational Wildlife Federation shows that growing human demands on the landscape are corresponding to lower animal numbers and slower rebounds from cyclical pressures like hard winters, drought, and disease.

Join Matthew Copeland, Public Lands Director of the Wyoming Chapter of the National Wildlife Federation and Valley Advocates for Responsible Development for a public forum at the Driggs Senior Center on Wednesday, November 16th from 6:30 – 8:00PM to present and discuss the findings of this report and what theymight mean for places like Teton Valley.

Veteran wildlife biologists John Ellenberger and Gene Byrne have analyzed data from the Colorado and Wyoming state wildlife agencies and found the number of mule deer and pronghorns has dropped over the last 30 years. The study area reviewed by Ellenberger and Byrne is roughly bounded by I-80, the Green River, US 40, Laramie, Wyoming, and Walden, Colorado.

This meeting is intended to stimulate discussions about the impact of landscape changes noted in the report "Population Status and Trends of Big Game along the Colorado/Wyoming State Line" and how changing land uses locally may impact the future of wildlife in Teton Valley. Given Teton Valley’s historical development pressures, the long-term viability of the herds (that are key to our hunting, recreation and cultural heritage) could be jeopardized if these impacts aren’t taken into account in the comprehensive planning process. As a community, we need to address the landscape-wide impacts of our planning decisions on the habitat that is crucial to the continued vitality of our wildlife populations.

Admission is free; light refreshments will be provided. For more information about the event on Wednesday, November 16th, please contact Valley Advocates for Responsible Development at 208-354-1707 or check out our website at www.tetonvalleyadvocates.org.

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. The Teton Valley Sustainability Series is made possible through the generous support of 1% for the Tetons.

  

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