Restore and Conserve Riparian Habitat
Teton Creek has a robust riparian corridor that is vital habitat for the protection of wildlife species and the overall quality of Teton Creek. This project will protect important wildlife habitats and restore winter habitats for big game species.
Comprised primarily of mature cottonwoods and willow shrubs, the riparian habitat contains wooded wetlands and dense cover. Big game animals -especially mule deer, elk, and moose- utilize the corridor for food, cover, and to migrate from the protected public lands that comprise the headwaters of the creek through the Teton Creek corridor to reach their winter range. Additionally, numerous species of birds, including songbirds and raptors, utilize the riparian corridor as nesting grounds.
The cover from riparian vegetation is key to protecting water quality by regulating stream temperatures and stabilizing stream banks.
Teton Regional Land Trust (TRLT) has already been active protecting riparian habitat along Teton Creek. To date, TRLT holds approximately 700 acres of easements along the corridor, with more than 250 acres of that being protected riparian habitat. Conservation easements are voluntary agreements entered into between landowners and land trusts that permanently protect certain qualities of a property, such as agricultural production and wildlife habitat.