JACKSON, Wyo. – The Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition is proud to announce that the 2020 Trout Friendly Landscaper Award goes to the Valley Landscape Service.
Valley Landscape Service certified 25 properties as trout-friendly in 2020. At these properties, the lawns and gardens are maintained according to Trout Friendly best management practices that minimize the impact on water quality and the environment by limiting the use of fertilizers, watering efficiently, using herbicides and pesticides appropriately and more.
Valley Landscape Service strives to provide a consistent, high quality service with integrity while empowering its people and protecting natural resources. “We look forward to making an active contribution to our community by proactively protecting water quality and the environment. The Trout Friendly Lawn Program is a strong step in the right direction and we are proud to be a part of it, ”said Dan Tolson, Owner of Valley Landscape Service. Dan has a degree in landscaping and has over 20 years of experience working with turf grass systems.
A property managed by the Valley Landscape Service. Photo: Valley Landscape Service.
The Jackson Hole Clean Water Coalition is a group of 10 local nonprofits and agencies that work together to take community-wide action to improve and protect water quality. “Trout-friendly practices are one of the easiest and most powerful changes we can make together as a community to help protect water quality, pollinators, native fish, wildlife, pets, children and more,” said Phoebe Coburn, communications specialist for Teton Conservation District , one of the founding partners of the JH Clean Water Coalition. “Many water quality challenges require complex solutions that take time. Making small changes to our landscaping practices isn’t one of them. We are therefore pleased that trout-friendly lawns are gaining momentum, and we feel motivated by the commitment of the landscaping community to protect the water. “
Trout Friendly Landscape and Corporate Certification was introduced in 2020 to help lawn maintenance and landscaping professionals create quality lawns and gardens while limiting the effects of fertilizers and pesticides on the water. In 2020, in addition to the Valley Landscape Service, fourteen other local landscape and lawn maintenance companies were certified as trout-friendly.
Landscaping and lawn care workers interested in becoming a certified trout-friendly landscaper or business partner in 2021 are invited to attend the Trout-friendly lawns – landscaping and business certification workshop on Tuesday, April 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The workshop is FREE, however, registration is required to participate. Interested parties are also very welcome. Residents and businesses are encouraged to get their properties at jhcleanwater.org/troutfriendly (Forums Friendly Certified) (free and only takes a minute).