Teton County Centennial series

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Teton County at 100 years: 1921-2021

Where did we come from? Who are we? Where are we going?

Past Programs in the Centennial series:

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Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon

Click here to hear a recording of the Governor's talk.
Click here to view a livestream of the talk, which is also being recorded for later viewing.

Governor Gordon joined our series to address how Wyoming values help shape and frame Teton County, and takes your questions about the Equality State.

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Outdoor film screening: "A Noble Pursuit" 

A documentary film about a Wyoming community coming together to achieve one of the most significant oil and gas lease buyouts in American history.This film is a celebration of our community and all the interesting, diverse, and passionate neighbors who supported one another in their fight to save a cherished wilderness in the Wyoming Range. The people's message resonated loud and clear and resulted in overwhelming support for a buyout of the land leases. Thanks to concerned citizens, 58,000 acres are protected in perpetuity. This success story is a road map for how other communities across the United States can effectively work with neighbors, elected officials and conservation groups to continue to preserve and protect our public lands.

To view the trailer and follow screenings go to www.soulcreativemedia.com/a-noble-pursuit. Leigh Reagan Smith’s work includes a Showtime TV extreme sport series for Teton Gravity Research,several educational documentaries for PBS, and programming for National Geographic. Leigh was the award-winning Director of Photography on BagIt, a feature length documentary about world-wide plastic consumption and the health of our oceans,www.bagit movie.com. Leigh strives to educate through film and is committed to bringing greater awareness to the interconnectedness we share. Presented in partnership with Teton County Parks and Rec, The Wilderness Society, and the Wyoming Arts Council.

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Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz: Indigenous Knowledge and the Land
To watch recording, click HERE.

Pre-colonial Indigenous Americans were able to support complex societies with extensive agriculture as well as building large cities and towns without degrading the environment. These civilazations have been replaced by those who use land to produce non-food crops and industrialize food productions, contributing to climate change, which is now threatens the destruction of all life on the planet. Indigenous knowledge is necessary for the survival of the planet as well as humanity.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz is a historian, writer, and professor emeritus in Ethnic Studies at California State University East Bay, and longtime social justice activist. She is author and editor of fifteen books, including Roots of Resistance: A History of Land Tenure in New Mexico and the literary memoir trilogy:  Red Dirt: Growing Up Okie; Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975; and Blood on the Border: A Memoir of the Contra War, and the American Book Award winning 2014 book, An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.

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Wildness From The Heart of the American Serengeti: How Are We Gonna Save This Place?
Todd Wilkinson, Gary Tabor, Brent Brock, & Matthew Kauffman
To  watch recording, click HERE.
For a list of resources mentioned during the panel, click  HERE.
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Greater Yellowstone is just not any region. The last of its kind in the West, it holds the greatest concentration and diversity of large migratory wildlife in the Lower 48 as is worthy of being called "America's Serengeti."  There is no outside plan to draw upon that will spare Greater Yellowstone and its rare wild bounty from following the same destructive path as every other. We need to have a plan, talk about  difficult topics and make hard choices or we're going to lose this place. Let it begin.

Todd Wilkinson has been writing about Greater Yellowstone and the West for more than three decades, with other assignments that have taken him around the world. Author of several critically-acclaimed books, including one about grizzly 399 with Tom Mangelsen, he is presently a correspondent for National Geographic and The Guardian. He also is founder of the non-profit, public-interest journalism site Mountain Journal (mountainjournal.org). Holding a special fondness for Jackson Hole, where he wrote a popular newspaper column for a quarter century, he believes people who live here and come to visit are up to the challenge of achieving a new way of approaching conservation that has never been done before.

Gary Tabor, President, Center for Large Landscape Conservation
Brent Brock, Northern Rockies Landscape Lead, Rocky Mountains Program
Matthew Kauffman, Leader Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Unit

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Trout in a Changing Climate
Presented by Clint Muhlfeld, U.S. Geological Survey

To watch recording, click HERE.


The Northern Rockies are home to some of the most legendary trout fisheries and native trout strongholds in the world. Yet, climate change is rapidly changing these freshwater ecosystems, with important consequences for these iconic fishes and human well-being. Dr. Clint Muhlfeld will present new research on the past, present, and future impacts of climate change on native trout and recreational fisheries across the region. He will also explore progressive conservation efforts that may be needed to protect native trout diversity and to ensure their survival in the face of environmental change. 

Clint Muhlfeld is a Research Aquatic Ecologist at the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Glacier National Park. He also serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station. Dr. Muhlfeld’s applied research focuses on understanding the effects of invasive species, habitat loss, and climate change on the ecology and conservation of freshwater fishes and ecosystems, with particular focus on native salmonids in the northern Rocky Mountains, USA and Canada. Recently, he served as the National Fisheries Program Manager for the USGS, and currently serves as the National Coordinator for the USGS Ecological Drought and Climate Change Research Program. 

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Justin Farrell: Billionaire Wilderness

Click here to listen to a recording of the talk.

Dr. Farrell returns to Jackson to discuss his research in Teton County and throughout the rural West, including his Jackson-based book Billionaire Wilderness: The Ultra-wealthy and the Remaking of the American West, and a more recent project on the social and economic impacts of COVID-19.

A professor and author at Yale University, School of the Environment, and a native Wyomingite and social scientist, Farrell directs a new initiative on the American West at Yale that supports student research and fosters local collaboration to promote community and conservation in western landscapes.

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Centennial Essay Contest
Sponsored by the library and Jackson Hole News & Guide

Click here to read the winning entries

 The Teton County Centennial series is a collaborative effort!image of TCL Foundation funding logo

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