Snake River Fund had a banner year in 2019 thanks to your continued generosity. We are proud to be heading into 2020 in strong shape.
We are grateful to have supporters like you making our work possible. As we close out 2019 and look toward future opportunities, we are reflecting on a few highlights for our community.
LAUNCHED IT’S ON US! FIGHT AGAINST AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES
Snake River Fund launched It’s On Us! Join the Fight Against Aquatic Invasive Species video to aid in the prevention of aquatic invasive species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
This video reflects Snake River Fund’s leading efforts to protect the region from aquatic invasive species. Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are organisms that are not native and cause significant harm to an ecosystem when introduced. It is truly all of our responsibility to protect our waters from AIS. Future generations depend upon our vigilance.
This video trailer reached nearly a half million social media accounts and was screened to audiences in Jackson, Idaho Falls & Bozeman movie theaters for additional reach!
SUPPORTED RESTORATION OF HORSE CREEK
Snake River Fund supported the restoration of Horse Creek, tributary to the Snake River, by providing financial assistance to Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Each year, the Fund disperses earmarked funds to support native fish populations. We focus on projects that enhance habitat, remove fish passage barriers, and promote public access. These projects require a long-term vision and funding. Achieving success isn’t possible without your support and collaboration with our partners.
EDUCATED KIDS AND ADULTS
Teton County’s youngsters gain a first hand appreciation of the river and its ecosystem through the 5th Grade Class-on-a-Raft program. For 14 years and counting, the Fund and the generous outfitters in our community get kids on the water, talking about habitat, water quality, recreation and understanding how rivers connect all of us.
In addition, we continue to promote river recreation safety for all ages. Snake River Fund trained an additional 24 locals in Swiftwater Rescue techniques. Keep your eye peeled on our events page for 2020 training courses aimed at specific audiences: families, drift boaters, ladies only, and more.
PARTICIPATED IN WYOMING’S PUBLIC LANDS TODAY
Wyoming is the first of only three states to pass their own Public Lands Day bill. National Public Lands Day is the single biggest volunteer effort for our public lands.
Snake River Fund volunteers and Bridger-Teton National Forest River and Trail crews braved the first snow of the season to reconstructed the Sheep Gulch access trail during the inaugural Wyoming Public Lands Day. Sheep Gulch access trail is the busiest trail on the Forest. More enhancements are to come in 2020 through financial support of outfitters and a grant provided by River Network.
Restoring Sheep Gulch enhances the user experience and protects the Outstandingly Remarkable Values of the Wild & Scenic Snake River.
CONTINUED TO SUPPORT WILD AND SCENIC
10 years after the designation of the Snake River Headwaters under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act our 414 miles of free-flowing waters face threats from illegal and poorly (private and public) conceived development. The Snake River Fund remains vigilant in standing up to the threats against our cherished waterways.
Wild and Scenic Rivers designation helps protect a rivers free-flowing characteristic and designated Outstandingly Remarkable Values (ORVs) while providing opportunities for recreation, protecting drinking water, fueling local economies.
The Snake River Fund remains the active voice for the river. We will continue to advocate for wise stewardship of these protected waters, and will work with partner agencies, organizations, and landowners to uphold the Outstandingly Remarkable Values of our watershed.
We will not sit idle when those values are threatened.
*Photo by Tim Palmer
PARTNERED WITH JACKSON HOLE CLEAN WATER COALITION ON TROUT FRIENDLY LAWNS
Some say it takes a village, in this case it’s a coalition: Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition (Snake River Fund is one member) is making strides to reduce our impacts on water quality.
Have you seen these fishy signs floating around town? You may have seen one in your neighbor’s yard or at a local business or a public park. The original Abby Paffrath and Ben Roth “Certified Trout Friendly” signs indicate lawns that have committed to “trout friendly” landscaping practices.
Protecting the health of the Upper Snake River watershed and the clean water its trout and wildlife depend upon is critical for all of us living in Jackson Hole. What we do to our lawns can directly affect the health of our river and its fishery.
Learn about Trout Friendly landscaping practices. Get certified and protect our waters, now and into the future.
PLACED PFD LOANERS STATIONS ALONG THE SNAKE RIVER
Dressing for Success. The Snake River Fund continues to spearhead a culture of safe river recreation. Encouraging proper and consistent use of life jackets (PFDs) by all users will continue to reduce fatalities and near miss accidents on our rivers. If you found yourself in need of a PFD, we hope you took advantage of the new PFD loaner kiosks that we installed this year at Wilson, South Park and Astoria Boat Ramps.
These were constructed with help from Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation, Teton County Search and Rescue, Backcountry Zero, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, Sea Tow Foundation, Bridger-Teton National Forest and Eagle Scout, Lachlan Brown!⠀
**Snake River Fund is accepting donated Type III life jackets for this program. If you have one in your garage, storage shed, basement that isn’t being used, we will re-purpose it! Call Jared for pickup or drop it off at the SRF office, 125 S. King Street.**
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT THROUGH OLD BILL’S
Thank you for supporting Snake River Fund in your Old Bill’s giving season. We are incredibly grateful for your support and appreciation of Snake River Fund’s efforts to preserve and protect our local rivers.
Your donation to the Snake River Fund during the Old Bill’s giving season made it possible for us to better balance the needs of the river and our community as well as protect the Snake River for future generations. We couldn’t make this all possible without the support of our dedicated donors!
MATCHED FUNDS THROUGH PATAGONIA ACTION WORKS
Snake River Fund makes the most of the opportunities provided to us through Patagonia Action Works. Now through December 31st, Patagonia is matching donations made to Snake River Fund through Patagonia Action Works.
Donations must be given through our Patagonia Action Works page in order to be matched.
Never do the opportunities to cherish, protect and recreate on the waters and banks of the Snake River end.
Your gift to the Snake River Fund makes it possible for us to better balance the needs of the river and our community. Protect the Snake River for the enjoyment of present and future generations. Please include Snake River Fund in your end of year give. Click to donate.
Please drop us a line at (307) 734-6773 or firstname.lastname@example.org if there is something we should know, pay attention to, advocate for regarding stewardship and access to our headwater rivers and streams.