June 2016

Welcome to the Teton County Weed and Pest District newsletter! We plan on updating subscribers on useful information pertaining to Mosquitoes and Invasive Species.

Check out our new website!!!

In this edition you will find information regarding:
  • Got Mosquitoes?
  • Buffalo Valley Mosquito Round Up
  • PCG Education Campaign 2016
  • Alpine Trails Project
  • Upcoming Events - Wrun for Wray, Wildflower hikes, and more....
Got Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are coming out! Here's what you can do to reduce mosquitoes in Jackson Hole! 
(Teton County, Wyo.) - It's that time of year again where Teton County Weed & Pest District crews are out working hard to protect the public from mosquito-borne disease and nuisance populations. There is a lot the District can do for you, but have you done your part to ensure that services can be provided?

With the implementation of the Wyoming Statute 6-3-414 in 2015 related to the collection of resource data on private property, the District must have your permission to provide any services on private property. It is imperative that all landowners visit the website and complete the one-time permission form  as soon as possible. Without written permission the District cannot survey or control mosquitoes on your property. On private roads and in subdivisions without community-wide approval, effective treatment is compromised. Please keep in mind that every landowner has the right to decline services in part or in full; the District respects those decisions.

What else can you do?
"After completing the form, please talk to your neighbors and encourage them to do the same," stated Erika Edmiston, District Supervisor. "We want to continue providing the level of service the public has come to expect from our program but without the help of private landowners, our hands are tied."
If you would like more information about mosquitoes, and the measures taken to control them, please  visit here  
Buffalo Valley Mosquito Round Up Trains Landowners in Mosquito Surveillance 
By Lesley Beckworth, Landowner Programs Coordinator

Buffalo Valley landowners joined us earlier this month for hands-on training in mosquito biology, surveillance, and treatment of mosquitoes and mosquito larvae.  Since its inception in 2015, the Buffalo Valley Mosquito Cooperative has trained 45 landowners and property managers to help identify potential habitat, recognize the growth stages of mosquito larvae, and assist with treatments on private property.  With their assistance, we have identified several new areas of breeding habitat, increased our efficiency in the field, and created a timely trapping and ULV fogging strategy.  While all of the volunteers have are greatly appreciated, special thanks are due to Ernie and Janet Cockrell, Mort and Wendy Youkum, Jurate and Roger Altman, Barbara Carlsberg, and Kathy and Mark Oppenhuizen for all of their help in organizing and mobilizing landowners. We look forward to working with the Buffalo Valley Mosquito Cooperative for years to come!
PCG Education Campaign 2016
By Amy Collett, Marketing and Education Coordinator  
The 2016 Play Clean Go education campaign started the season off right with record numbers of outreach through community events and classroom visits.  Our message was spread by partnering with many local organizations and events such as the NPS Centennial celebration of Jr. Ranger Day, BTNF's Wildfire Preparedness Day, the JHWMA 13th Annual 4th Grade Wildlife Expo, EcoFair, Ultimate Towner, Elkfest, Native Plant Society meeting, the JHWMA Invasive Plant Management Seminar, and Kids Fishing Day along with 10 classroom lessons. Did you get all that?   We were able to teach over 1,600 people to Play Clean Go! Have you heard about Play Clean Go? To learn more please visit the  PCG website.

Alpine Trails Project
By Meta Dittmer, Office Programs and Communications Manager
June 4th was American Hiking Society's, National Trails Day and a great day to be a volunteer. Meta Dittmer from TCWP, partnered with the Greys River Ranger District of the BTNF, hosted a volunteer training focused on the Alpine Area Trails Project.  Americorps volunteers from Teton Science Schools and members of the community attended to "adopt a trail" and were trained to identify noxious weeds, trail maintenance needs, and map these using their Smartphone. The data they collect will be used to treat weeds, maintain trails, and create a free trail guide for non-motorized trails within 25 miles of the town of Alpine. The project is funded by a Wyoming State Trails Grant Meta secured, and will be completed over a 2-year time period.

Upcoming Events
2016 Summer Office Hours, May 1st - September 30th: Tuesday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Visit our Event Calendar on our website for more info. 

June 25th -
 2016 Summit Series 10am - Wrun for Wray, Grand Targhee Hill Climb sponsored by TCWP and Play Clean Go.  
June 28th - Wildflower Hike at Old Pass Road $10, 8:30 - 11:30 Please pre-register through the Teton County/Jackson Rec Center. Course code: #9747 Call 729-9025 to register. Lunch will be provided. 

June 30th - The Teton County Weed and Pest will hold a FY17 Budget Hearing and monthly board meeting on Thursday, June 30th at the TCWP District office at 12 noon. Questions call Amy 733-8419.

July 7th - Ski Lake Wildflower Hike $10, 9am - 1pm Please pre-register through the Teton County/Jackson Rec Center. Course code: #9884 Call 729-9025 to register. Lunch will be provided. 

July 19 - 21st - Gros Ventre River Spray Days hosted by the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee. Crews will provide free weed control to landowners in the town of Kelly focusing on spotted knapweed on July 20th. Check out our event calendar for more info, coming soon.  

Thank you for subscribing to the Teton County Weed and Pest District Newsletter. We hope that you find the information useful! If there are any topics that would be of interest to you, please email me your suggestions. 




Amy Collett
Teton County Weed and Pest District
7575 S. Hwy 89 Jackson, WY 83001