Shoshone National Forest announces preliminary options for its new forest plan

CODY. Preliminary options for management of the Shoshone National Forest range from creating five new wilderness areas to none, and from no new road construction to some road building. Forest officials are outlining those scenarios in a series of meetings here and in Thermopolis, Dubois and Lander. Rest of the story in the Casper Star Tribune.

At the present, none of the options is the forest’s preferred alternative. Wyoming conservationists have been telling me that there has been a recent turn for the worse in the various elements of this national forest plan.The Shoshone National Forest was the very first national forest. In the 1880s, President Benjamin Harrison issued an executive order creating the Yellowstone Timber Reserve. Later it was renamed the Shoshone National Forest. The Shoshone has some of the wildest country in the Greater Yellowstone. There are a number of threats and folks who care about Yellowstone need to get involved.
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The east-facing side of the Pinnacle Buttes in the DuNoir Special Management area which conservationists have long advocated adding to the Washakie Wilderness on the Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming

Photo by Ralph Maughan

Information on the Forest Plan and how you can get involved from the Shoshone National Forest.

Missoulian editorial. Montana’s plan for wolf management much more sensible than Idaho governor’s ideas

Montana’s plan for wolf management much more sensible than Idaho governor’s ideas By Steve Woodruff. The opinion page editor of the Missoulian.