Wildlife and Recreation Coexistence Public Forum
Date: Friday, May 21, 2021
This public forum aims to increase public awareness of the effects of recreation on wildlife while providing inspiration from other regional communities who have realized successes managing the issue. The goal is a proactive interest in management of the coexistence of wildlife and outdoor recreation by a broad demographic of local residents.
The event will consist of several “poster sessions” featuring current local efforts followed by a moderated virtual panel of regional scientists who can provide data analysis on the subject. After presentations by the panelists, participants will have the opportunity to pose questions and further the discussion.
This event is hosted by Friends of the Bridger-Teton in conjunction with Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Location: Center for the Arts
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
265 S. Cache St.
Contact: Virginia Powell Symons
In a community such as Jackson Hole, nestled in the Rocky Mountains and home to outdoor recreation enthusiasts and abundant wildlife alike, there is a need for open communication and data-driven determinations when considering how wildlife and outdoor recreationalists should share wild spaces. This public forum aims to increase public awareness of the effects of recreation on wildlife while providing inspiration from other regional communities who have realized successes managing the issue. The event will begin with a meet & greet in the Center lobby (outdoors, weather permitting) with beverages available at the bar, creating an interactive forum where participants can learn about local initiatives. Virtual panel presentations and discussion in the Center theatre will be moderated In person and provide data-driven analysis of the effects of the coexistence of wildlife and outdoor recreation in similar communities and ecosystems. This will be followed by an interactive Q&A with both those in the theatre and those attending virtually invited to participate. While this event will be designed to be a hybrid of both physical and virtual platforms, it may pivot to a fully virtual event if the current public health landscape indicates that a virtual format is necessary. Post-event, participants will be invited to participate in follow-up focus group discussions regarding next steps, what does success in managing the issue could look like, and what educational tools will be necessary to aide in that success. All those who have interest in this topic are invited to attend and participate.