Curious about what goes on behind the scenes at Teton Conservation District? Check out our Field Notes to hear from staff and guests on local issues, projects, and stories.
REPORTING FROM THE RANGE
September 23, 2019
Teton Conservation District and Y2 Consultants are embarking on a two-year project to improve knowledge of the rangelands in Teton County. As a part of this project, we will establish new trend monitoring sites in both riparian and upland areas and collect vegetation and soils data at long-term monitoring sites, allowing for trends in plant community composition to be recorded.
HOW CAN WE PREPARE FOR WILDFIRE?
September 17, 2019
Long-time Jackson resident Jean Ferguson is no stranger to wildfire. She grew up in Paradise, CA and lived in Thousand Oaks, CA for many years, both of which had devastating wildfires last year. This summer, Jean had to evacuate her Jackson home because of wildfire, twice. She has some advice on how to be prepared.
Who Nose What’s in our Hot Springs?
August 19, 2019
Jackson locals and tourists alike love to spend time in the hot springs around here, but what other organisms are spending time in those springs?
AIRPORT COMPLETES STORMWATER FILTRATION SYSTEM
August 15, 2019
The Jackson Hole Airport is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of their new stormwater system, which is designed to handle a 100-year storm event and will be the largest Advanced Drainage System in Wyoming. The Airport was able to support this voluntary project with the generosity of Teton Conservation District’s $60,000 grant.
WHAT KIND OF LAWN FERTILIZER SHOULD I BUY?
August 12, 2019
When you are looking for an environmentally friendly fertilizer, look towards the bottom of the bag for a series of three numbers (for example: 20-27-5 or 5-4-5 ). These numbers indicate the N-P-K ratio. To comply with Trout Friendly Lawn practices, find a bag with low numbers, or a bag that says organic or slow release.
Healthy Horses, Happy Owners, and Clean Water
August 2, 2019
A well-maintained horse property is not only great for horses, it’s also good for water quality. Recognizing this mutual benefit between horses and water, Teton Conservation District and the Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition hosted a series of free workshops at the Teton County Fair last week on basic horse keeping, simple solutions for pest control, and mud and manure management.
Frogs are Ribbiting
July 15, 2019
Here in Wyoming, we have five frogs, six toads, and one salamander. In Teton County, common species you might spot are boreal chorus frogs, Columbia spotted frogs, western boreal toads, and tiger salamanders.
“If you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em!”
June 24, 2019
Omnivore, herbivore, carnivore…invasivore? Eating invasive species is one way of sticking it to troublesome plant and animal intruders. The University of Illinois has been serving Asian carp in student dining halls, divers in the Florida Keys are going after lionfish, and a community of invasivores post recipes for everything from perennial pepperweed to wild board.
Humans as A Vector
June 3, 2019
If you’ve spent time enjoying nature, you’ve probably heard the saying “take only pictures and leave only footprints.” But what if our footprints are leaving something behind?
This week is Play Clean Go Awareness Week. Check out this article we wrote in Green Matters to learn about invasive species and diseases of concern, and what you can do to prevent their spread.
4TH GRADERS PREVENT BIRD WINDOW STRIKES
May 31, 2019
“Has a bird ever hit a window at your house?” Kids’ hands shoot into the air and they eagerly stumble over each other’s stories of tragedy and valor involving bird window strikes.
Home, home on the range
May 16, 2019
Teton Conservation District was recently awarded $20,000 to study rangeland health on public land grazing allotments. The goal of the program is to learn more about rangeland ecosystems and to build relationships between land managers and allotment permittees.
ASK an ARBORIST
April 26, 2019
Do you have questions about trees? Robb Sgroi, our Land Resources Specialist, is a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture. Here are some burning tree questions I had for Robb (terrible pun, I know).
SNOWPACK CHEMISTRY MONITORING
April 16, 2019
Since 1993, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has sampled snowpack annually at over 50 sites in the Rocky Mountains—including seven sites in Teton County—to determine levels of nutrients and chemical constituents in the snow in sensitive higher elevation mountain watersheds.
A Bug’s LIBRARY
April 8, 2019
Have you heard of a bug library? Well, actually technically it’s a “aquatic macroinvertebrate reference library.” Teton County Weed & Pest is building a collection of macroinvertebrates to better understand the diversity of aquatic environments.
STUDENTS STUDY STORMWATER
March 29, 2019
Journeys School ninth and tenth graders spent an afternoon last week learning about Karns Meadow. Carlin Girard, our Water Resource Specialist, gave an animated lesson on how the wetland system filters as much as 27% of the runoff from the town of Jackson.
SPRING IS ON THE WAY! BUT ALSO FLOOD SEASON…
March 25, 2019
I love this time of year. Last week I skied in a t-shirt, got a sunburn, and rode my bike. The willows have tiny little buds. The chickadees are singing. The roof is dripping. The creek is swelling. Ah, yes, the creek…do you know what else this time of year also brings? The possibility of flooding.
MEET THE STAFF: CARLIN GIRARD
February 7, 2019
Carlin Girard is Teton Conservation District’s Water Resource Specialist. You might run into him taking water samples from Fish Creek, measuring suspended sediment on Flat Creek, teaching fourth graders about native fisheries, or at Teton Conservation District while you’re picking up a well test kit.
FREEZING AND FLOODING ON FLAT CREEK
January 25, 2019
Flat Creek overruns its banks during the coldest months of the year when ice dams block the flow. Frigid temperatures cause two kinds of problematic ice to form: frazil ice and anchor ice. The Flat Creek Water Improvement District aims to prevent damage to homes and property from winter flooding.
PROJECTS to go BEFORE THE WYOMING WATER DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
January 15, 2019
Six proposed projects in Teton County are seeking funding through the Small Water Project Program, a grant program administered by the Wyoming Water Development Commission in partnership with sponsoring entities across the state, including Teton Conservation District.
Meet the Staff: Elyce Gosselin
January 3, 2018
Meet Elyce Gosselin, the Natural Resources Technician for Teton Conservation District.
Chronic Wasting Disease: What Can I do?
December 13, 2018
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been creeping towards Teton County for years. Now that it has officially reached our valley, it can feel like it’s too late and there’s nothing to be done. However, here are some things YOU can do (and not do!) to prevent the spread of CWD, and give deer, moose, and elk their best chance of survival through the winter.
Ducks in Flat Creek muddying the water
December 6, 2018
The ducks in Flat Creek are muddying the waters. Literally and figuratively….
GUEST SHOT: BARBARA BURRIS ON THE ROOSEVELT FIRE
November 30, 2018
As the week progressed the fire ran first one direction, then another, as the winds changed and gusted. By Saturday, it had spread to the southwest corner of the ranches and consumed three houses…
LET’S TALK TURKEY: AIR QUALITY MONITORING IN JACKSON
November 21, 2018
Did you know you can access local real-time air quality information? The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s Air Quality Division placed a mobile air quality monitoring station on the National Elk Refuge last summer.
WATER SAMPLING LEADS TO SEARCH FOR SILVER
November 9, 2018
Teton Conservation District’s Water Resource Specialist Carlin Girard and Natural Resource Technician Elyce Gosselin returned from sampling Fish Creek’s water last week to report a shocking finding – the silver content in the creek has increased.