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Preserving a legacy of conservation

At 33, Trevor is at the forefront of making a difference in conservation and wildlife in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Jackson Hole scientist Dr. James Metcalf is developing a test strip to easily assess neurotoxins in water sources

It can be found in Brooks Lake, the Yellowstone Hot Springs, or Henrys Lake in Idaho. Cyanobacteria, also previously (and more commonly) known as blue-green algae, can look like large floating masses — mats, scums or green paint on the surface of water — rapidly growing when fresh or salt water is warm, slow-moving, and
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The timeless ranger in Jackson Hole

If you spend any time immersed in the unparalleled beauty of Grand Teton National Park, you’re certain to encounter one of the park’s dedicated keepers. Clad in the iconic green and gray uniform — and sometimes the distinctive, flat-brimmed hat — the rangers of Grand Teton National Park serve in a wide variety of roles
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Cross-country skiing with Jackson Hole’s Luna Wasson

In a mountain town largely dominated by big mountain and backcountry skiing, the meditative motion of gliding skis along flat snow often takes a backseat. Luna Wasson, alumna and now assistant coach of the Jackson Hole Ski Club (JHSC) Nordic program, says that’s one of her favorite things about Nordic skiing. Whether she’s training at
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The plight of the bighorn sheep in Jackson Hole

In the words of legendary outdoorsman Jack O’Connor, “The wild ram embodies the mystery and magic of the mountains, the rocky canyons, the snowy peaks, the sweet, clean air of the high places, and the sense of being alone on the top of the world with the wild sheep themselves.” For thousands of years, bighorn
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Capturing the golden age with Jackson Hole photographer Wade McKoy

Anyone who has spent time in Jackson Hole has undoubtedly admired the work of ski photographer Wade McKoy. He’s created iconic images that perfectly capture a golden age of ski culture, photographing classic names in skiing such as Doug Coombs, Pepi Stiegler, and Suzy Chaffee. Wade arrived in Jackson in 1974 with a college friend,
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Pro snowboarder Mark Carter’s drive to the top fueled by a desire to never settle

In an age where smartphones have become ubiquitous, Mark Carter has embraced simplicity by using a flip phone. An unconventional choice, the professional backcountry snowboarder has always forged his own path forward, focused on creating an intentional life aligned with the values, priorities, and passions instilled during his upbringing on a cattle ranch in Wyoming.
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Growing Up Jones

Over their three decades in Jackson, Wyo., brothers, skiers, and filmmakers Steve and Todd Jones have had a profound influence on nearly all aspects of skiing and snowboarding culture, from their backyard in the Tetons to across the globe. Through Teton Gravity Research (TGR), the company they helped found, and a close collaboration with their
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In Jackson Hole, Craighead family has conducted groundbreaking wildlife research

In Jackson Hole, the Craighead name is synonymous with groundbreaking wildlife research. Today, the legacy is upheld by Derek Craighead — the founder, president, and senior scientist at Craighead Beringia South. Since its inception in 1998, the Kelly-based institute has conducted 40 research studies, 10 of which have been longterm field projects, and has collaborated
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The call of the elk in Jackson Hole

Wildlife biologists, like the animals they study, tend to migrate. For animals, migration allows them to find food and better habitat. For biologists, it allows them to study new species and work in new ecosystems. That’s the story for Frank Durbian, a 25-year U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service veteran whose career has included working with
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A legacy of conservation in Jackson Hole

When Bill Rudd first began studying Wyoming’s big game migrations in the late 1970s, GPS tracking collars didn’t exist. Instead, the young scientist, who was getting his master’s degree from the University of Wyoming, would roam the Yellowstone backcountry trying to gain enough elevation to pick up radio waves from collared elk. The research he
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Business and conservation find common ground through Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow

Entrepreneurism and conservation don’t often share an office. However, if The WYldlife Fund (the Fund) and its initiative, Wildlife Tourism for Tomorrow (WTFT), are any example, they should. Thanks to the wildlife-supporting duo of Chris McBarnes and Taylor Phillips, the marriage of business savvy and conservation has proven wildly successful. Chris, who is president at
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Longtime Jackson Hole locals who never looked back

There’s something about Jackson Hole. We all know it; we feel it. The statement: “I came here to ski for one winter and, well … I never left,” is so common, it’s become a local punchline. For many people, something clicks here; their soul feels at home among the peaks and rivers — and so
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Envisioning a bright future in Jackson Hole

Anna Olson is the first to admit that the past couple of years have been something of a rodeo. As the person at the helm of the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, she’s faced her fair share of challenges since taking over the role in 2017: a pandemic, a worsening housing crisis, and a record-shattering
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A new take on tradition with JW Bennett

“There are not many women who make hats this way in the world,” says Sarah Kjorstad, as she explains how she makes the handmade hats sold at JW Bennett, a custom hat company she founded. The felt hats, which are made at her flagship location in downtown Jackson, rely on traditional techniques and nearly 100-year-old
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Hydroponic urban farm in Jackson cultivates produce — and livelihoods

Nona Yehia, cofounder and CEO of Vertical Harvest, Jackson’s only hydroponic urban farm, is no stranger to the intersection of adversity and innovation. For starters, she figured out a way to grow vegetables year-round in Jackson, where winter temperatures often hover well below zero degrees. And she pioneered the design of a vertical farm that
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Jackson Hole artist paints Western wildlife

Technically, Carrie Wild paints Western wildlife. But the verve and whimsy that she infuses into each of her paintings is compelling and unexpected — you won’t mistake one of her thoughtful animal profiles for a photograph. She hopes, though, that what your eye doesn’t immediately identify as familiar, your heart and memory will. Through an
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Classroom Warriors

I was fortunate to be raised in a family of teachers and surrounded by countless creative, passionate educators. They’ve always been a dedicated and deeply caring cadre of people — and those traits have never shined brighter than in the darkness of the pandemic. Their task has been far from easy, and yet they’re stepping
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Go West. Go Wild. Go Online.

In order to make buying art easier and more accessible, the renowned Jackson Hole Art Auction launched the Wyoming Art Auction, an exclusively online event that hopes to reach a more diverse group of buyers thanks to its lower average price point. The new auction will take place virtually on Feb. 20, 2021 and feature
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The Shifting Definition of Megan Griswold

It’s hard to describe Megan Griswold. What you can say is that she is an experimenter whose life has taken many directions. She lives in an off-the-grid yurt with Carrara marble countertops because she wanted to see if she could make an affordable dwelling stylish. She’s a fan of extreme athlete Wim Hof (who’s known
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Paying it Forward

During the summer of 1995, Kyle Johnson walked into Snake River Brewing and was awestruck by the sounds of keyboardist Keith Philips. Kyle introduced himself and began taking lessons with the late musician — the two developing a close friendship. “Keith was my hero and mentor and I still get choked up talking about him
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