The Wildlife Society’s Wyoming chapter has honored a Jackson-based nonprofit organization for the work it has completed to remove fences and make the local landscape more permeable for wildlife.

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation is the recipient of the society’s 2016 Citizen of the Year Award for its Wildlife Friendlier Fencing Program.

Since it was conceived 20 years ago, the program has resulted in 183 miles of fence being removed or modified, almost all of which has been at the hands of volunteers.

The foundation’s executive director, Jon Mobeck, accepted the award on behalf of those volunteers at the Wildlife Society’s annual Wyoming meeting, held in Cody last week.

For years the fence program was directed by devoted volunteer Gregory Griffith, who was killed in a vehicle wreck last November near Ashton, Idaho.

Jackson filmmaker Sava Malachowski also recently produced a short documentary about the fence program, “Free to Roam,” available online at

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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