Land Management Programs
The Conservation Research Center is responsible for managing the 860-acre Jackson Campus of Teton Science Schools, which provides habitat for many wildlife species and supports agricultural activities including livestock grazing and hay production.
Guided by principles of holistic management, we are dedicated to finding a balance between the needs of wildlife, natural resources and people.
Pioneered over 30 years ago by a wildlife biologist, holistic management provides the framework to consider the “whole” needing to be managed. This process allows incorporation of technical information (i.e., wildlife and vegetation data) and non-technical information (i.e., societal values) into a cohesive management strategy with goals appropriate to the Jackson Campus.
In any situation we manage, the holistic philosophy of “plan, monitor, control, re-plan” is implemented in order to ensure that we are bringing about the desired goal.
Our land management activities provide invaluable outreach opportunities, both through hands-on stewardship training to support Teton Science Schools’ programs, and using professional experience to assist the public and resource managers in improving their property conditions and ecological function.
Some recent projects include:
- Development of marshes to improve habitat for trumpeter swans and other waterfowl
- Cooperative weed control projects with Teton County Weed & Pest, Teton Conservation District and Jackson Hole Land Trust
- Use of livestock to convert weed-infested areas into productive grassland
- Construction of a “beaver deceiver” to allow beaver dam building without affecting creek flows or irrigation
- Conversion of barbed wire into wildlife-friendly fence
- Musk thistle research with Journeys School to direct weed control strategies and evaluate weed control efficiency
- Fence removal to facilitate ungulate movement
Land management on the Jackson campus is guided by short- and long-term planning documents, which are adjusted as needed based on monitoring results. Our primary document is the Open Space Management Plan.
Other plans include:
- Grazing plan (updated annually)
- Fuel and Habitat Management Plan (2005)
- Trumpeter Swan Marsh Biological Inventory
- Access Policy
- Trail Management
- Weed Management
- Fence Management
- Monitoring Flora and Fauna