Teton Valley has a rich agricultural history that defines much of the valley’s heritage and present day character. Nearly half of the valley’s private acreage is in agricultural production, and Teton Valley farmers produce a variety of crops including potatoes, alfalfa, barley, wheat, and livestock. Just as important, working lands are key to maintaining the valley’s rural feel and protecting open space for wildlife.
Teton Creek serves as a boundary between the urban/suburban development around Driggs and the productive agricultural fields to the south. Many of the productive fields on the north side of the creek have already been converted into subdivisions, while much of the land on the south side of the creek remains in production, and as a result the south side maintains the valley’s rural character.
The partners are working to maintain working lands and open space along the south side of Teton Creek. The partners will use a mix of title acquisitions and easement acquisitions to meet these goals.
The pathway route for the project highlights both the agricultural heritage of the corridor and the important wildlife habitat and how the two are mutually supportive.