A note from Friends of the Tetons:
The Teton River needs all of us to protect and conserve it. We need the trust of landowners to do stream restoration projects. We need the know-how of irrigators and agricultural producers to implement win-win solutuions for farming and fisheries. We need a community that believes in the importance of clean water and healthy streams. We need the next generation that understands why water is a precious resource. Thanks for supporting us in these efforts. We can’t do our work without you!
We have a lot of exciting things happening in the New Year, which are highlighted in this first e-newsletter of 2017. To accomplish these (and other worthy projects), we also need your financial support. Your contributions, big or small, do make a difference to us, our river, fish and wildlife, and the community. Whether its your time or your dime, please make an investment in this river we love, with a donation to our work in the year ahead.
A (brief) look at the year ahead
Teton Creek Corridor Project
FTR will continue to work in the Teton Creek Corridor in 2017, restoring another 1,000 feet of destabilized stream channel. We are also completing a survey and assessment of the creek below the Cemetary Road Bridge, which will help guide us in this and future Teton Creek restoration work. Restoring a healthy stream and riparian corridor are a major part of the Teton Creek Corridor Project. This project will create a 2.5 mile pathway for the public to enjoy the natural beauty and restored habitat of the Corridor. For more information visit: www.tetoncreekcorridor.org This project is currently featured on the American Rivers Blog.
Bates Bridge Public Access
Protection & Improvement
This summer, FTR and a group of non-profit partners were able to collectively raise $720,000 in public, private, and grant funds to purchase 80 acres adjacent to the Bates Bridge on the Teton River. This purchase secures permanent protection (with a 46 acre conservation easement) and the future of this popular river access for the entire community.
Access improvements will begin early this summer.
No-Till & Ag Initiatives
In the past year, FTR and local agricultural producers have actively been cultivating common ground, to develop effective, voluntary strategies for collaborative conservation on private land. We are proud to partner with local leaders in the farming/ranching industry, who believe that maintaining viable working lands and healthy watersheds go hand-in-hand. FTR has secured grant funding that will provide no-till education, incentives, and support for participating farmers in 2017.
Leads Regional Work for YCT
FTR has collected an impressive amount of fisheries data over the past decade, which is considered top-notch by our peers. By working with leading fisheries experts from around the region, we are creating a model that will help us and fisheries managers make decisions that best support the persistance of native trout species in the Intermountain West. This work, culminating in 2017, will help prioritize YCT conservation projects within their remaining range. This includes the Teton Watershed, which contains the the last-best populations of Yellowstone cutthroat found anywhere.
Education Program Inspires
The FTR Education Program continues to inspire kids valley-wide, starting with our youngest water scientists in Kindergarten. Thanks to the Teton Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited, our Trout in the Classroom program will now have aquariums in all of the public schools in Teton County School District #401.
In 2017, keep your eyes open for specific dates, times and locations for our (free) WaterWise Adult Education Series this February-May, which will include topics on soil health, floodplains, well water testing, and household hazardous waste.
Apply for Funding! Does your organization have a project related to clean drinking water? Let us know and we can help fund it!
A “new look” for FTR
FTR has been looking for ways to better inform and engage our members. This year, we’ll be rolling out a new website that will be more up-to-date and interactive. Until then, if you want to stay informed on the latest projects, findings, events, and news, make sure that you are signed up for our e-newsletters and follow us on Facebook. Members also receive 2 issues of our newsletter Water Lines and a copy of our Annual Report each year.