JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming, May 8 /PRNewswire/ --
- Snake River Sporting Club Achieves Full Compliance with Construction and Development Conditions Issues By U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Permit For Development Near An Endangered Species
Snake River Sporting Club, the private residential sporting community in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has received official documentation from The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USCAE) as having preserved and conserved native bald eagle habitats on the sporting club grounds during construction.
The USCAE, responsible for investigating, developing and maintaining the nation's water and related environmental resources, presented documentation to Snake River Sporting Club that the development has complied with the "Special Conditions 1" permit authorizing the construction of The Snake golf course and the residential development features at Snake River Sporting Club. The USCAE permit (and subsequent yearly monitoring) was put into effect to ensure the preservation and regeneration of bald eagle territories and populations located on the grounds of the proposed Snake River Sporting Club areas in development.
"Successful nesting of bald eagles near the Snake River Sporting Club from 2002 through 2007 as summarized is a stark contrast to the loss of eagles anticipated by The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)," wrote Matthew Bilodeau, Program Manager, Wyoming Regulatory Office -- Army Corps of Engineers.
According to The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), there was an anticipated loss of three bald eagle nesting territories as a result of the proposed development at Snake River. Yet after review of yearly monitoring results, the USFWS reported that all three bald eagle territories referenced remain occupied, and an additional fourth bald eagle territory is now in existence.
"In the past three years it has been an absolute joy to watch the eagles on and adjacent to Club property not merely survive, but in fact, thrive," says Phil Cameron, Resident Naturalist, Snake River Sporting Club. "Having the opportunity to teach people about these majestic birds on a daily basis, while viewing them in their natural habitat, is one of the highlights of my job."
During the entirety of the 2002-2007 monitored construction period, a total of 19 eaglets hatched and 14 eaglets successfully fledged. The USFWS did not attribute any loss of eaglets as a result of the development initiatives at Snake River Sporting Club, and overall, the population of bald eagles occupying the project area have increased by two adults and 14 juveniles from 2002 through 2007.
"By effectively promoting the legacy of DPS Sporting Club in the area of environmental stewardship, there exists a continuous focus on local species preservation and conservation at all of our sporting club developments," says Steve Schram, Chairman/Managing Partner, DPS Sporting Club Development. "DPS members and buyers are passionate families who believe in the role of stewardship of their property, their community and their planet. We are proud to note that the native Bald Eagles' habitats existing on the Snake River Sporting Club grounds have been preserved and continue to prosper."
Snake River Sporting Club will begin the second phase of its residential development this summer 2008. With the recent completion of the Teton Village Mountain Lodge and the award-winning Tom Weiskopf designed golf course, The Snake, the sporting club looks forward to continuing its conservation-based planning and development.
Snake River Sporting Club is a residential sporting community created by DPS Sporting Club Development Company, LLC. DPS develops private, environmentally sensitive, single-family residential sporting communities on historic and unique properties, with a commitment to preserving the distinct character of each location. The award-winning DPS Sporting Club Collection includes The Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs, WV; Turks&Caicos Sporting Club at Ambergris Cay, British West Indies; Snake River Sporting Club, Jackson Hole, WY; The Ford Plantation, Savannah, GA, and Deep Water Cay Club, The Bahamas.