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Event to consider future management of the Snake River

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The Summit on the Snake – an annual conference about use of the Snake River – will take place in Jackson this Saturday. Speakers will discuss the wildlife, history, ecology, and management of the Snake River and there will be a panel regarding the future of river management in Jackson Hole.

Snake River Fund Program Director, Margaret Creel, says the Bureau of Land Management will transfer management duties to Teton County soon, and the county needs to figure out how to manage the resource responsibly. Currently, river use is unregulated. 

“Everyone can float there, and so in the last number of years there’s been explosive use on one section in particular that flows from the Wilson Bridge to the South Park Bridge. And so one of the challenges that county will face as they move forward is how to look at that unregulated use,” says Creel.  

The Summit starts at 8 am on Saturday at the Jackson campus of Teton Science Schools off Highway 22. More information is available at http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1385351 .

Irina Zhorov is a reporter for Wyoming Public Radio. She earned her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MFA from the University of Wyoming. In between, she worked as a photographer and writer for Philadelphia-area and national publications. Her professional interests revolve around environmental and energy reporting and she's reported on mining issues from Wyoming, Mexico, and Bolivia. She's been supported by the Dick and Lynn Cheney Grant for International Study, the Eleanor K. Kambouris Grant, and the Social Justice Research Center Research Grant for her work on Bolivian mining and Uzbek alpinism. Her work has appeared on Voice of America, National Native News, and in Indian Country Today, among other publications.
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