Land Trust acquires new conservation easement in Buffalo Valley – Buckrail
JACKSON, Wyo. — The Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) announced today that 97.5 acres in the Buffalo Valley are now protected through a new conservation easement on the Gun Barrel Flats Ranch that was once the Walt and Betty Feuz Ranch.
The new easement is situated between Grand Teton National Park and existing conservation properties. It aims to protect wildlife habitat connectivity and homesteading legacy in the Buffalo Valley. Gun Barrel Flats borders the east boundary of Grand Teton National Park. The protection enacted on May 11, 2021, focuses on safeguarding historic working lands and open space.
Landowners Brad and JoAnne Luton, respectively fourth and third-generation natives, have grown up together stewarding the valley alongside their families.
“We are rooted in this valley and we want future generations to see this land as it is,” said Brad Luton.
Gun Barrel Flats’ location between private lands in the Buffalo Valley and the Snake River Riparian Corridor supports the valuable big game, aquatic, and wetland habitats in the core of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The property’s resources support a variety of native wildlife species. The entire 97.5 acres are within the Snake River Headwaters and the waterways provide aquatic connectivity for the bluehead sucker.
Additionally, its location in a Big Game Terrestrial Crucial Habitat Priority Area provides important resources for Wyoming’s native migratory big game species. Elk, mule deer, and moose use the property during their seasonal migrations. Gun Barrel Flats is also a habitat for regional wolf packs, as well as the Primary Conservation Area for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Luton family to protect this important property,” said Max Ludington, JHLT president. “The Luton and Feuz families’ thoughtful stewardship has maintained the intact ecosystem directly adjacent to Grand Teton National Park for decades and this easement will now conserve that legacy in perpetuity.”
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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter who recently made Jackson home. Born and raised in Connecticut, she enjoys reading non-fiction, skiing, hiking, and playing piano in her downtime. She is most passionate about delivering and pursuing stories that directly impact the lives of individuals in the community. Her favorite aspect about living in Jackson is the genuine admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.