The Riverwind Foundation and Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs are pleased to announce the release of the Jackson Hole Community Conversation Project report. This report documents the results of a series of community conversations and a workshop that addressed the means for managing the growing numbers of visitors in Jackson Hole. Please use the following link to find the Jackson Hole Community Conversation Project Report (http://sustainabledestination.org/information-resources/).
The report is part of a project undertaken by Riverwind and JHCGA to assist the community in realizing the vision of the Town of Jackson and Teton County, adopted unanimously in April 2017, to become a world-leading sustainable community and destination. David Wendt, President of JHCGA, states “I am proud of our two organizations for steeping up to this challenge on behalf of the community. Both Park Superintendents have encouraged us to gather the community’s input to help them manage this issue.”
The Jackson Hole Community Conversation project is a preliminary step in gathering input from a wider range of community residents and stakeholders to organize action towards this goal. The next step in this process will be preparation of a full Sustainable Destination Management Plan (SDMP). “The Jackson Hole Community Conversation Project has been immensely valuable in not only identifying and prioritizing issues and solutions for managing visitors and their impacts, but also provides momentum and valuable input to the creation of a plan for guiding the future of tourism in Jackson Hole,” stated Riverwind Foundation Executive Director, Tim O’Donoghue.In addition to incorporating the conclusions and recommendations of the report, the initiative also includes an interactive survey so that stakeholders can also weigh in. Please find the survey at: https://www.jhcga.org/jhsustainabledestination. The proposed SDMP will address how we as a community can best manage ourselves as well as our visitors as a sustainable destination. The SDMP will also dovetail with the community’s existing plans, including the Comprehensive Plan, the Integrated Transportation Plan, and visitor use management plans of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.