Habitat restoration is a key element of augmenting the wildlife and public values of Teton Regional Land Trust’s conservation program, enhancing landowner relationships, boosting credibility with our partners, and creating greater opportunities for fundraising. As part of our Strategic Stewardship Program, the Teton Regional Land Trust works with willing landowners and other partners to restore or enhance wildlife habitat on conservation easement properties.
Our restoration program is guided by Board-approved policies that include:
- willing landowner participation,
- a stable management situation that protects the restoration investment, and
- outcomes that benefit high conservation priority fish and wildlife species at a landscape scale.
Landscape-scale benefits are achieved through focusing on regional species conservation priorities and by implementing restoration/enhancement activities in areas that have connectivity with existing protected habitats or occur within areas identified as priority wildlife conservation areas by regional planning efforts.
Teton Regional Land Trust is involved in both management-driven and active restoration and enhancement projects. Management-driven projects include working with landowners to implement best management practices including changes in grazing management, timing of farming/ranching activities, and fencing. Active restoration and enhancement projects are more intensive and expensive and include restoring/enhancing wetlands, revegetating riparian corridors, stabilizing streambanks, and developing instream fish habitat.
The landowner is the principal partner on all restoration projects. Click here for a full list of agency partners. ■