Jonathan Schechter


There’s been ample speculation of an unprecedented wave of tourists soon to break over Jackson Hole. So, local economist and Jackson Town Councilor Jonathan Schechter wants to get everyone together to talk about it.

“The reason I want to do this right now is because, like everybody else, I think this summer is going to be crazy,” Schechter said. “Three months from now everybody, their brother and their dog are going to be burned out, because there were a lot of people, too few employees, and it’s stressing our systems. I hope that some people will remember that there was this conference, and that at least somebody is thinking about these issues.”

The conference, now in its ninth year, is Schechter’s “22 in 21: The State of Our Community,” and this year the focus is tourism. How much tourism is too little? Too much? What’s just right, and how do we know? The point of the discussion, which is being held virtually over Zoom next week, is to probe into some of these questions.

“I don’t anticipate coming up with a grand answer to all this,” Schechter said. “What I want to do is keep the dialog going.”Speakers include Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Cam Sholly, Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce’s Anna Olson, and six other agency and nonprofit leaders.

Participants will be able to weigh in during breakout chatrooms, which will break up the 4-hour conference, set for 8 a.m. through noon on May 12.

Registration is capped at 250 people, and through midday Monday more than half the virtual seats were taken. Sign up before it’s too late at There’s no cost, but donations are welcome.

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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