The Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition invites landscaping professionals and interested individuals to the annual Trout Friendly Landscaper Certification Workshop from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 20. Photo: Zach Andres. Sign art: Abby Paffrath

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition invites landscaping professionals and interested individuals to the annual Trout Friendly Landscaper Certification Workshop from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 20. The online workshop is FREE, though registration required to attend.

Experts will present on Trout Friendly Lawn practices, including soil health, nutrient cycling, fertilizer and pesticide application, native plants, and more. Continuing education credits may be available.

Not a landscaper? Encourage your landscaper or landscaper friends to attend the workshop. As a resident, you can also get your lawn Trout Friendly Certified (it’s free and only takes a minute).

The Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition, a group of 10 local nonprofits and agencies working together to improve water quality, launched the Trout Friendly Landscaper & Business Partner Certification Program in 2020 to help lawn care and landscaping professionals create and maintain quality lawns and gardens while also limiting impacts on water from fertilizer and pesticide runoff. In 2020, fifteen local landscaping and lawn care companies became certified Trout Friendly.

“We are thrilled to see our local landscapers and businesses stepping up to steward our local waterways through the Trout Friendly program. They are helping to raise awareness with their clients that what we do on the land can affect the health of our streams and fisheries. As this effort expands, we hope to see measurable reductions in nutrient pollution from lawn fertilizers,” said Leslie Steen, NW Wyoming Program Director for Trout Unlimited.

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey found that residential landscaping is one of the major sources of nutrient pollution in the Fish Creek watershed. Other parts of Jackson Hole are seeing nutrient loading issues as well. The Jackson Hole community can collectively improve water quality by making a few small changes to landscaping practices:

  1. Limit fertilization. Use slow-release or organic fertilizer only if needed, not to exceed two pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of yard per year. Do not fertilize within 20 feet of water.
  2. Be water-wise. Sprinkle your lawn with water at dawn or dusk every other day and don’t water while it’s raining. Raise your mower blade height to three to four inches so that less water and fertilizer are needed.
  3. Plant natives and maintain streamside buffers. Maintain a five-foot buffer of unmanicured landscaping around water to act as a natural filter between lawns and water bodies.
  4. Use herbicides and pesticides appropriately. Only apply herbicide for state and county listed noxious weeds, using spot spraying or mechanical removal techniques where appropriate. Contact Teton County Weed & Pest District for invasive species management information.

About Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition

The Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition collaboratively initiates community-wide action to improve and protect Jackson Hole’s surface and groundwater quality. Partners of the coalition include Teton Conservation District, Trout Unlimited, Protect Our Water Jackson Hole, Jackson Hole Land Trust, Snake River Fund, Teton County Weed & Pest District, Paws of Jackson Hole, Wyoming Nature Conservancy, Wyoming Ducks Unlimited, and Flat Creek Water Improvement District.