We are looking forward to a beautiful Teton Valley summer and are optimistic about starting to see you all in person, especially after this past year. As a community, we got through one of the most challenging times and ultimately, we are emerging out of the pandemic stronger together. You showed up for not only the Teton Regional Land Trust but for all Teton Valley’s important nonprofits. We learned a few things from the pandemic – being “stuck” in eastern Idaho isn’t all that bad, working remotely made us more resourceful and creative, our community is strong together, and most of all, that we are dependent on nature for our health and well-being. Nature heals, nature provides, and nature connects.
In 2020, with your generous support through the Tin Cup Challenge, we were able to protect an additional 1,200 acres in Teton Valley. On one of those completed conservation projects Teton Creek Corridor, we have recently opened a public access trail and it is exciting to be able to directly share the positive impact of our work with you. This public trail meanders through restored habitat along the riparian creek corridor as well as through agricultural land. It is easy to take for granted the things nature gives back to us, and it is when we take a moment to let our senses smell, listen, and watch the beauty that surrounds us, we realize the healing powers of nature. Over this past year, we became even more aware of how critically important clean air, clean water, and open space are.
Over the last 30 years, we’ve permanently protected over 12,000 acres in Teton Valley and of those, 29 miles are along the Teton River. We are seeing a lot of rapid changes in Teton Valley and the Land Trust is working hard to keep up with the pace and protect more critical fish and wildlife habitats such as wetlands, river corridors, open space for big game migration, and working lands. Nature gives us so much and if we all give back and take good care of the land, we will enjoy the fruits of our labor today and for future generations. The natural resources, open spaces, and abundant wildlife are the reasons we love living here, but they depend on all of us to ensure they don’t disappear.
We hope you will give back to nature through supporting our work with a Tin Cup gift today, our community cannot take for granted the special place we call home. Your support will give nature a chance to thrive. Community Counts!