Teton Regional Land Trust (TRLT) serves the Upper Snake River Watershed; a vast 5.8 million-acre landscape, rich in fish and wildlife species, habitat diversity and deep-rooted agricultural traditions. Achieving strategic conservation success within this expansive landscape requires a carefully planned systematic and science-based approach. Teton Regional Land Trust actively engages with state and federal agencies and other conservation groups in efforts to prioritize landscapes and guide comprehensive conservation strategies. Teton Regional Land Trust and partners incorporate a framework of conservation planning that includes:
- Compiling data on the biodiversity of the planning region
- Review of existing local, state and regional conservation planning efforts
- Identification of existing protected areas (i.e., State and National Parks, Wildlife Management Areas, conservation easement lands, public lands and Wilderness Areas)
- Identifying conservation goals for the planning region (i.e., protection of productive farmlands, buffering existing protected areas and connecting wildlife corridors)
- Identifying conservation strategies to achieve conservation goals
A key component in the planning process is Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS is a computer-based system that captures, stores, analyzes, and manages data linked to a geographic location. GIS is a powerful planning tool TRLT employs to create interactive queries, view and analyze spatial information, edit data, create maps and present the results of these operations. Through our conservation planning efforts, TRLT identifies Priority Focal Areas that represent landscapes where conservation opportunity and investment is greatest and where strategic conservation projects will further the goals identified in Idaho’s Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy and other state and regional conservation plans.