EcoTour Adventures plays an active role in local conservation efforts. Here are some of the organizations and programs that we’ve supported.
Don’t Poach the Powder & JH Conservation AllianceThe Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance focuses its efforts on responsible land planning, wildlife issues and watchdogging. Partnering with a handful of local and regional agencies, they launched a campaign called Don’t Poach the Powder, closing certain areas of important winter wildlife habitat to human recreation. Winter is the most stressful time of the year for wildlife and deep snow, scarce food, and cold temperatures make energy conservation key for winter survival. When outdoor enthusiasts are present in these areas, we force wildlife to spend extra energy avoiding us, which can result in their death. EcoTour Adventures contributes quarterly to co-sponsor this important campaign.
Trust for Public LandsTrust for Public Lands has stepped in when some of our pristine Forest Service Lands have been put in jeopardy. The Noble Basin, just a short drive from Grand Teton National Park is an amazing wilderness and roadless area that is habitat for wolves, lynx, wolverine, and countless elk. Trust for Public Lands worked with Wyoming’s lake Senator Craig Thomas to protect this area by adding it to the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. In another scenario, a Texas petroleum company called Plains Exploration and Production (PXP) had plans to drill for minerals using hydraulic fracking on 58,000 acres near the Hoback River. Along with Citizen of the Wyoming Range, Trust for Public Lands raised $8.75 million to purchase and retire the land leases from PXP. EcoTour Adventures is very proud to be one of the 1,000 donors that contributed to this lease buyout.
The Teton Cougar ProjectThe Teton Cougar Project, a subsidiary of Panthera, tracks and researches mountain lions in the great Jackson Hole region. Utilizing cutting-edge GPS collars, the organization is able to track cougar movements, identify dens, and monitor kittens from a young age. They have provided an incredible amount of data on rare and undocumented behaviors, like a shift in diet depending on the season. The organization believes that because of competition with recolonizing wolves, cougars eat predominantly elk in the winter and mule deer in the summer. As the cougar population has declined significantly in the last 7-8 years, the Teton Cougar Project hopes to use this important data to better preserve the species. EcoTour Adventures is proud to financially support their efforts.
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