Friends of Pathways announces Katherine Dowson as Executive Director
Jackson, WY, September 25th, 2014 – With great excitement, Friends of Pathways announces that Katherine Dowson will assume the responsibility of Executive Director, transitioning from her role as interim Executive Director.

“We are pleased to announce that Katherine accepted the role of Executive Director for Friends of Pathways,” said David Landes, Friends of Pathways Board President. “Katherine’s enthusiasm for creating a vibrant community with a safe and sustainable pathways & trails system is complimented by her extensive experience. Since her start with our organization as Development Director, the full board has been impressed with her quick grasp of our mission and her excellent interpersonal skills. She is definitely the one to lead Friends of Pathways forward.”

Katherine’s background includes non-profit work on both sides of the Tetons. Since 1988, she worked for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, the Teton Regional Land Trust, Teton County Education Foundation and the Center of Wonder.  She also served on several boards including Teton Valley Trails & Pathways and currently the Teton County Library Board.

“I am very excited to continue working with Friends of Pathways,” said Katherine. “I’ve leaned a lot this summer and I hope to build on those experiences and relationships to ensure continued success and stability for the organization. Friends of Pathways wears a lot of hats in the community – from trail maintenance and pathways advocacy to promoting safe cycling and winter backcountry ethics.  Many people don’t know the extent and reach of our work.  That is one thing I would like to change!

Katherine replaces Mike Welch who worked with the organization for 5 years, two years as the Executive Director.

National Elk Refuge Seasonal Closure: November 1 – April 1

Seasonal Closure of the N89 Pathway

  • October 31st, 2014

REMINDER: The Elk Refuge Pathway will being its seasonal closure on November 1 to reduce conflicts with migrating or wintering animals and to maintain the National Elk Refuge’s mission.
The pathway will reopen on April 1, 2015.
A seasonal closure was a key condition of the agreement between Teton County and the National Elk Refuge for pathway use on U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service property. Another alternative identified during the planning process called for locating the pathway on the west side of the highway with fewer restrictions, but public comment supported the east side placement despite the seasonal closure.