PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (March 20, 2017)
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) – Laramie Ranger District fire crews will take advantage of favorable weather conditions this week to burn multiple large slash piles along Wyoming Highway 230 on the south end of the Snowy Range, Medicine Bow National Forest.
Burning operations could commence as soon as today, Mon., March 20.
The piles are a result of roadside hazard tree removal operations by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the Wyoming Department of Transportation in southeast Wyoming.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (March 3, 2017)
(DOUGLAS, Wyo.) March 3, 2017 – Forest Supervisor Dennis Jaeger has rescinded the ban on shooting Black-tailed prairie dogs on the Thunder Basin National Grassland for one year, until March 3, 2018.
Due to current, high populations of Black-tailed prairie dogs on the Thunder Basin and new information that the Thunder Basin National Grassland is not currently being considered for Black-footed ferret reintroduction, the shooting ban is being lifted.
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT - (FEBRUARY 15, 2017)
Wyoming Pathways, the statewide voice of people who bike and walk, and the Laramie Ranger District, are pleased to announce that they have been awarded a Wyoming Recreational Trails Program grant to fund a significant trail maintenance project on the Pole Mountain Unit, in the Medicine Bow National Forest. With the awarding of the grant, Pole Mountain trail users can look forward to maintenance of the National Forest System Trails on Pole Mountain taking place this summer.
“The Pole Mountain Trail Maintenance Project is a win for trail users and the Forest Service,” said Tim Young, Wyoming Pathways Executive Director. “The project will be a big step toward a sustainable high-quality trail system on Pole Mountain along with building great partnerships with the local communities,” he said.
NEWS RELEASE - (February 7, 2017)
Recent warm, windy weather has caused melting snow and wet conditions on the Pole Mountain unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest between Laramie and Cheyenne. As a result, and for the fourth consecutive year, all U.S. Forest Service system roads have been temporarily closed on Pole Mountain.
Until conditions improve, the closures prohibit wheeled motor vehicles, while still allowing non-motorized access for activities such as hiking, bicycling, hunting, skiing and rock climbing.
In an effort to utilize beetle-killed timber while it is still marketable and to reduce the risk of wildfire near communities, the Medicine Bow National Forest (MBNF) is launching a new planning effort on the Laramie and Brush Creek-Hayden Ranger Districts.
The Landscape Vegetation Analysis project is intended to authorize flexible management of forest vegetation using tree cutting and/or prescribed burning in the Sierra Madre and Snowy Ranges. The approach is consistent with goals outlined by the 2015 Governor’s Task Force on Forests, the 2011 Western Bark Beetle Strategy, and the 2010 Wyoming Statewide Forest Resource Strategy.
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) January 25, 2017 – A draft document, which makes management recommendations for recreation sites on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland (MBRTB), is now available for public review.
Over the past year, U.S. Forest Service staff with the MBRTB have undertaken a unit-wide analysis of their developed recreation sites. The internal analysis, physical examination, and subsequent recommendations will result in management direction, changes, and priorities in coming years.
(LARAMIE, Wyo.) January 20, 2017
Timber hauling and road plowing operations for the Foxborough Timber Sale, near the community of Foxpark, have prompted temporary road closures on portions of Forest Roads 512 and 512S.
The timber sale and closed roads are located in the southern Snowy Range on the Laramie Ranger District (LRD), Medicine Bow National Forest.
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