Saturday, May 6th
Teton County Recreation Center
Join Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition (TAWPC) to learn more about wildfire risk management services available to your property. This event is concurrent with the St. John’s Health Fair.
Tuesday, May 9th
TCD Office at 420 W. Pearl Ave.
The Teton Conservation District will be holding a special
Board Meeting on Tuesday, May 9 at 8:30am to discuss the draft Fiscal Year 2018
Budget and other business. The meeting will be held at the TCD office at 420 W. Pearl Ave. The public is welcome
to join us. Please RSVP to Emily at 733-2110 if
you are interested in attending the meeting or for more information.
Wednesday, May 17th
HEADLINE: Noxious Weed Cost-Share Program to Be Discontinued
Jackson, WY: Since 2005, private landowners have received
financial reimbursements as well as technical advice on controlling noxious
weeds on their properties. The Teton Conservation District (the Conservation
District) provided the incentive from a portion of a property tax mill levy. In
a coordinated fashion, the main weed control agency in the County, the Teton
County Weed and Pest District (the Weed and Pest District), met with landowners
and conducted the program in recent years. On April 24, 2017, the Weed and
Pest, Board of Directors decided to withdraw from their role of conducting the
field and outreach portions of the program.
Over the past dozen years, the Weed Cost-Share Program has
incentivized the weed control efforts of over six hundred local landowners
providing direct reimbursements totaling of over $1,770,000. In addition,
thousands of hours of local agency staff time has been dedicated to advising and
working with those landowner by providing services such as mapping weeds,
producing management plans, assessing completed weed treatments and tracking
Today, things have changed. “Our community now has very
weed-savvy landowners and a very active, commercial, private weed-control
industry. More importantly, the Teton County Weed and Pest District has grown
in capacity and notoriety for being the consummate weed control agency.” said
Dave Adams, Chair of the locally elected, Conservation District Board of
Supervisors. Due to the size and complexity of the current program, which has
been largely overseen by Weed and Pest in recent years, the Conservation
District is not able to run the program independently.
Adams said, “The state statutes that TCD operates under,
make it clear that the appropriate role of a Conservation District is to
partner with other government entities that were created for specific purposes
to achieve their objectives that may align with TCD’s mission. To operate
independently of those agencies with the specific expertise and authority is a
duplication of government services and not a good deal for the taxpayers.”
From the beginning, the Weed Cost-Share Program was not
intended to create a perpetual reimbursement to landowners. The intent was always
to increase awareness and invigorate a culture of active and continuous efforts
to control exotic, invasive, and noxious plants. The Conservation District
believes that those objectives have been achieved to a large degree. While
landowners may have grown accustom to planning on being reimbursed each year
that may not be needed at this point in order to be successful within the
community. “People here know that we have a nearly intact ecology and that
invading or exotic plant species can pirate what we all love.” Adams said.
The Weed and Pest District is the ultimate authority that is
able to help landowners in their campaigns against weeds. As always, the
Conservation District encourages landowners to take serious actions to contain
weeds and not let them get out of control. Allowing that to happen is always
more costly to treat in the long run. State laws requires that landowners take
actions to control weeds. The Conservation District advises all landowners who
need information about controlling weeds to contact the Teton County Weed and
Pest District at 733-8419 or to visit their website: tcweed.org
“TCD thanks all partners that have contributed to building
Jackson Hole’s culture of controlling invasive species over the years,
including the Weed and Pest District, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and
the Jackson Hole Weed Management Association. We especially thank all of the
landowners who voluntarily and continuously cooperate in managing invasive
vegetation.” said Adams.
Contact information: Tom Segerstrom, Executive Director,
Teton Conservation District
307.733.2110 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Teton Conservation District: Formed in 1946, TCD is a
government entity providing support for conservation on public and private
lands. The mission of the Teton Conservation District is to promote
conservation and management of natural resources — air, land, water,
vegetation, and wildlife — through watershed-based research, education,
conservation practices, cooperative projects, and on-the-ground actions to
ensure the health, safety and general welfare of the people and resources of
Learn more about TCD’s activities at www.tetonconservation.org
Wednesday, May 24th
TCD Office at 420 W. Pearl Ave.
The Teton Conservation District will be holding its monthly
Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 24 at 1pm. The meeting will be held at the
TCD office at 420 W. Pearl Ave. The public is
welcome to join us. Please RSVP to Emily at
733-2110 if you are interested in attending the meeting or for more information.
Visit TCD’s website at www.tetonconservation.org for an
agenda and meeting materials.
Sunday, May 28th
60 Minutes will be airing a segment on wildfire risks and mitigation. 60 Minutes worked closely with the Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition (TAWPC) as part of this filming. Increase your awareness of wildfire risk!