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Sage Grouse Conservation in Jackson Hole

Topic of Seminar at AMK Ranch Aug. 20

sage grouse in the foreground with an airport and airplanes in the background

Sage grouse habitats near the Jackson Hole Airport and in the valley are among topics of discussion at the final weekly Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, Aug. 20, at the University of Wyoming-National Park Service Research Center. (Craighead Beringia South Photo)

August 13, 2015 — Sage grouse habitat and conservation efforts in the Jackson Hole area are the topic of the final weekly Harlow Summer Seminars Thursday, Aug. 20, at the UW-National Park Service (UW-NPS) Research Center. The center is located at the AMK Ranch in Grand Teton National Park.

John Stephenson, Grand Teton National Park wildlife biologist, will present “Greater Sage Grouse Conservation in Jackson Hole” at 6:30 p.m. at the AMK Ranch, located north of Leeks Marina. A barbecue, at a cost of $5 per person, will take place at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are not required. For more information, call the UW-NPS Research Center at (307) 543-2463.

Sage grouse have increasingly been in the news because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to make a decision by late September on listing the species under the Endangered Species Act.

Jackson Hole is home to a small, isolated population of sage grouse, which faces serious, but different threats than the rest of the state, Stephenson says. Despite large tracts of protected public lands, the local sage grouse population declined considerably from historic highs recorded in the late 1940s before rebounding in the last 15 years.

“Concerns for the Jackson Hole sage grouse population include its isolation and the presence of a major airport in the heart of its range,” he says.

The presentation features the history and status of sage grouse conservation in the valley and ongoing collaborative efforts to protect and preserve the species. Discussion will focus on the development and eventual implementation of a wildlife hazard management plan in cooperation with the Jackson Hole Airport.

Stephenson has worked on a variety of wildlife subjects in the park since 2008, including a bighorn sheep genetics study, a wolf predation study and avian productivity monitoring. He has been a member of the Upper Snake River Basin Sage Grouse Working Group since 2012. Stephenson graduated from Middlebury College (1998) with a degree in biology and received an M.S. degree (2008) from the University of Idaho.

The UW-NPS Research Center provides a base for university faculty members and government scientists from throughout North America to conduct research in the diverse aquatic and terrestrial environments of Grand Teton National Park and the greater Yellowstone area.

Saturday August 15th please join the Alliance for Historic Wyoming for:Berol

Unbarred Tour of Historic AMK Ranch in

Grand Teton National Park

LARAMIE, Wyo. (July 29, 2015) – The Alliance for Historic Wyoming (AHW) will be hosting a tour of Grand Teton National Park’s historic AMK Ranch on the banks of Jackson Lake.  The event is being sponsored by Dubbe Moulder Architects, Ward and Blake Architects, and Humstone Consulting. 


“The beautiful setting and architecture of the AMK Ranch represents the history of Teton County,” says AHW Executive Director Carly-Ann Anderson.  “It encompasses everything from homesteading and trapping, to tourism and recreation, and now, of course, the University of Wyoming and National Park Service stories.” 


The event is called “Pencil Us In: Unbarred at the AMK Ranch.” The title refers to Alfred Berol, president of the Eagle Pencil Company, who enjoyed vacationing with his family on the shores of Jackson Lake at the ranch.  One of the lodges features several pencil motifs as a nod to his fortune. Stunning views and significant rustic log architecture make this former vacation property one of a kind.


The public is invited to this event which is part of AHW’s Unbarred program, offering unique, inside looks at properties and landscapes usually inaccessible to the general public. The event is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 15 at the AMK, located on AMK Ranch Road adjacent to Leek’s Marina, off of John D. Rockefeller Parkway in Grand Teton National Park. There is a suggested donation of $25.


The day will begin with a lunch provided by the Research Station, followed by a tour of the National Register of Historic Places-listed property led by University of Wyoming and Alliance for Historic Wyoming experts. The tour will feature the AMK’s historic buildings and landscape, in the context of historic preservation.


For more information and directions, please call 307-333-3508 or visit


The AMK Ranch sits on a peninsula between Jackson Lake and Sargents Bay, named for John Sargeant who first homesteaded the peninsula in 1890. He used his homestead for ranching and tourism, offering boating and camping trips. In 1926, William Lewis Johnson bought the property and used it as a summer retreat and hunting and fishing camp. Alfred Berol bought the property in 1936 and constructed what is now known as the Berol Lodge in 1938. His fortune with the Eagle Pencil Company inspired him to decorate the cabin with pencil motifs. Berol’s death in 1974 resulted in the sale of the property by his son Kenneth to Grand Teton National Park in 1976. It has served as the University of Wyoming-National Park Service Research Station since 1978. The continued use of the ranch has kept the many cabins and lodges a living part of the region’s and state’s heritages.


The Alliance for Historic Wyoming is Wyoming’s statewide historic preservation nonprofit dedicated to protecting our historic and cultural resources in both the built and natural environments. To learn more, log on to

2015 Summer Season Seminars


University of Wyoming – National Park Service

Harlow Summer Seminars at the AMK Ranch


Join us every Thursday this summer for great food and ideas as Harold Bergman brings speakers to the station to talk about current issues of interest. Dinner ($5 donation) starts at 5:30 pm with a talk at 6:30 pm in the Berol Lodge located at the AMK Ranch near Leeks Marina. Open to the public – Reservations not required.

 Altruism in Mountain LionsJune 18           Mark Elbroch, Panthera's Teton Cougar Project  Altruism in mountain lions



June 25           Diana Miller, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Jackson

                        History of fisheries management in the western US with notes on the Hoback River and Jackson Lake



July 2              Tom Serfass & Kelly Pearce, Frostburg State University. & University of Maryland

                    River otters as flagships for aquatic conservation: Why this approach doesn't fit the North American model of wildlife                             conservation


Joes photo

July 9

 Joe Riis, National Geographic & Arthur Middleton, Yale University  Invisible Boundaries: The Greater Yellowstone elk migration                        project             


Hank with bearJuly 16   Hank Harlow, University of Wyoming. Biomimicry, what we can learn from animals living in stressful environments: lions, dragons, bears and otherr critters

July 23    man on skis standing in the snow by a stream        Bob Smith, University of Utah  Immense magma reservoir discovered beneath Yellowstone extending well beyond its caldera



woman with hyenaJuly 30   Sarah Benson-Amram, University of Wyoming

                        The evolution of problem-solving abilities in carnivores: From badgers and bears to snow leopards and spotted hyenas

Auguwoman standing on a rock with rugged rocky mountain tops in the backgroundst 6    Tanja Borzel,  Berlin Freie University:On Leaders and Laggards in Environmental Governance and Management: The Case Study of the European Union.


Mary CentrellaAugust 13       Mary Centrella, Cornell University and Jackson, WY:  Reading BEE-tween the lines: Honey bees, colony collapse disorder, and the importance of wild bees to agriculture


John StephensonAugust 20       John Stephenson, Grand Teton National Park  Greater Sage-Grouse conservation in Jackson Hole

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