2014 Landowner of the Year - Jackson Region

Landowners: Kelly, Elizabeth, Cody and Chase Lockhart

Upstream of the Snake River Canyon, the valley floor opens up into rolling pasture land, bisected with spring creeks and flanked by a view of the Tetons.   For many Jackson residents this sight signals that they are “home.”  For the Lockharts, it represents much more: a legacy of homesteading, ranching, and stewardship.
Kelly and Elizabeth Lockhart, and their sons Cody and Chase own and manage properties that provide opportunities for wildlife conservation through the maintenance of open space and  valuable aquatic resources, all while maintaining their western heritage.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (Department) has enjoyed a great working relationship with the Lockhart family which has helped tremendously in reaching management objectives along the Snake River bottoms.
The family’s endeavors reach beyond cattle ranching to stream restoration.  Four spring-fed tributaries to the Snake River flow through the Lockharts’ parcels. 
The family has worked with the Department aquatic biologists for decades to improve habitat conditions for spawning, native cutthroat trout.  The restoration and fish passage work on the Lockhart’s property has made an additional 13.5 stream miles available to spawning cutthroat trout.
The Department has enjoyed a great working relationship with the Lockharts allowing for better management of all wildlife within the Snake River corridor. 

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