The Teton Regional Land Trust recently received the 2010 Conservation Partner Award from the Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV). The IWJV is a diverse partnership of 18 entities, including federal agencies, state agencies, non-profit conservation organizations, and for-profit organizations representing agriculture and industry working to conserve avian habitat.
The Conservation Partner Award acknowledges Teton Regional Land Trust’s instrumental role in advancing strategic, landscape-scale habitat conservation in Teton Valley, along the South Fork of the Snake River and the Henry’s Fork. The award also recognizes exemplary achievements in building and strengthening conservation partnerships.
“Teton Regional Land Trust has been a leader of landscape-scale habitat conservation in eastern Idaho for two decades by building partnerships with the local community, private landowners and agencies,” IWJV’s Management Board Chairman Brad Bortner, said during the awards ceremony in Reno, Nevada. “Their actions support the local agricultural traditions of the Upper Snake River Watershed; an area of great species diversity threatened by development and conversion. Teton Regional Land Trust exemplifies the Joint Venture model of partnerships and collaboration.”
The IWJV considers the Teton Regional Land Trust a model for land trusts in the West due to their commitment to conservation planning with an emphasis on birds.
“It is a great honor to be recognized for our hard work especially our ability to build effective partnerships. Without our private and public partners we would not be able to raise the funds that allow us to protect habitat,” Teton Regional Land Trust’s Executive Director Chet Work said.
Teton Regional Land Trust has played a key role in wetland conservation within the Intermountain West by earning 8 North American Wetland Conservation Act (NAWCA) grants securing $8 million for eastern Idaho habitat restoration and conservation, leveraging $37 million in non-federal matching contributions. Teton Regional Land Trust’s most recent NAWCA proposal for the Henry’s Fork region scored #1 in the nation and has been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission. This $1million award will allow Teton Regional Land Trust to help willing landowners restore 510 acres of habitat and protect 1,520 acres along the Henry’s Fork.
Teton Regional Land Trust looks forward to working with the IWJV in the future to help conserve native bird habitats. For more information about Teton Regional Land Trust visit www.tetonlandtrust.org or call 208-354-8939. ■