JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Blue flags marking Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) conservation easement properties throughout Teton County are out and visible for the next two weeks, helping to count down the days to the JHLT Annual Picnic. That picnic, by the way, sold out for the first time in its 38-year history.
Since late July, the flags have been located on highly-visible easement protected properties along Highway 22 and Highway 390, as well as Spring Gulch Road. The flags serve as visual indicators about the impact of private land conservation and the value of open spaces, iconic landscapes, and community parks made possible by the Land Trust.
According to JHLT, the swaths of land protected today will be enjoyed by generations to come, keeping Jackson Hole an ecologically rich, agriculturally productive and scenically inspirational haven for both wildlife and people alike.
The 38th Annual Land Trust Picnic is an invitation to the community to dine at the Walton Ranch on Sunday, August 12, 2018. The landmark event will once again showcase local talent and support local businesses. The Picnic will feature greens from JHLT-protected property at the Huidekoper Ranch. Protein comes from JHLT-protected property at Mead Ranch, as well as from Lockhart Cattle Company.
Catering is courtesy of Sweet Cheeks Meats and Café Genevieve. Refreshments are provided by Wyoming Whiskey and The Liquor Store of Jackson Hole. The event also includes live music from PTO, kid’s activities, and partner booths from the Art Association and TravelStorys.
This year, JHLT is heavily focused on sustainability in every aspect of the event. All plates, cups, and utensils will be either reusable or biodegradable. Food sourcing will come from regional agriculture and farmers. Vendors will be based locally, and proper recycling will be available for any waste.
“Given the new 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, the JHLT Board of Directors felt it necessary to bring the Annual Picnic into the 21st century, particularly with a refreshed sustainable and local food program,” said Pete Lawton, Chair of the JHLT Board of Directors. “Our board is honored and excited to be utilizing a new program with the hopes of reducing our carbon footprint and waste while at the same time providing the community with a better experience at the Annual Picnic.”
Last year’s Annual Picnic at the Hardeman Meadows attracted more than 800 attendees at a $50 ticket.
This year the picnic was capped at 500 guests to increase the quality of the event and mitigate its ecological impact. The picnic sold out a month prior to the event so no walk-ins can be accommodated.
Registered guests are encouraged to carpool to the picnic location or use alternative forms of transportation. As in years past, there will be no physical tickets but a list of names will be used to check in all guests.