Farms & Fish
Friends of the Teton River is proud of our work in partnership with agricultural leaders who believe that well-managed family farms and conservation can, and should, go hand-in-hand.
Together with agency partners, agricultural producers, and water managers, FTR has been working since 2017 to develop locally-based solutions for maintaining the viability and health of working lands, open spaces, and stream corridors while improving water resources for people, fish, and wildlife.
We have seen a remarkable impact in only five years. FTR has worked with farmers to implement conservation farming practices on nearly 2,000 acres, recharged over 30,000-acre feet of water to the Teton Valley aquifer and completed three major restoration projects on streambanks and riparian areas.
Collaborating with agricultural partners on projects that address water availability are of the highest priority to sustain working lands and a wild Teton River fishery. The total budget to implement Farms & Fish Initiative projects over the next two years is $5 million. Ninety percent of the funding for these projects comes through federal, state and private foundation grants and in-kind funding sources. Grants require a significant match in the form of funds raised from private philanthropy. Our goal for this campaign over the next two years is to raise the remaining $500,000 from individuals who believe in this highly impactful, collaborative work to restore our watershed.
Environmental stressors such as drought, extreme temperature, non-native fish introductions, and development pressure continue to test our watershed’s adaptability. Through collaborative problem-solving, and with your support, we will continue to find win-win solutions that improve the health of our watershed and our community.