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Friday, September 6, 2013

16 Years Later: Mission Accomplished

Poison Creek, Wyoming
(Photo via Kim Fadiman)
1997 is known for a lot of things. Among them are the following:
  • Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his second term
  • China took possession of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom 
  • Tiger Woods won the Masters (1st career golf major)
  • Scottish scientists cloned an adult sheep named Dolly
  • The Dow-Jones closed above 7,000 for the first time
  • Timothy McVeigh sentenced to death for the Oklahoma City bombing
  • Woolworths closed after 117 years in business
  • Lady Di died after a crash in Paris
(Photo via Mimi King)
Also in 1997, the month of May to be exact, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided $20,500 in funding to assist the Jackson Hole Land Trust with the purchase of a small tract of land known as the Poison Creek property. (Poison Creek received its name because of sulfur springs that exist at the mouth of the stream that runs through the land.) Located about 20 minutes south of Jackson, Wyoming, the 37 acre parcel provides vital winter range for elk, mule deer, bighorn sheep, moose and other wildlife. It also offers a key public access point to the Bridger-Teton National Forest and the Gros Ventre Wilderness. 

Fast-forward to 16 years later when the ultimate goal of the original transaction finally came to pass. On August 27, 2013, the Poison Creek parcel was conveyed to the Bridger-Teton National Forest – as was the goal all along – via funds provided by the Land and Water Conservation Fund

It truly is a win-win for all involved – elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mule deer, hunters, hikers, nature lovers, our children and grandchildren. We will all be able to better enjoy the beauty of the Greater Yellowstone landscape for centuries to come.  

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