Contact:  Laramie Ranger District, (307) 745-2300 or Aaron Voos, (307) 745-2323

(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  June 26, 2013 – The Laramie Ranger District and Medicine Bow National Forest will be hosting a ribbon-cutting celebration for the new Centennial Visitor Center on Thursday, June 27.
The public is invited to the Visitor Center for a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. to highlight the Snowy Range Scenic Byway projects and to recognize contributing partners.
The Centennial Visitor Center is located on Highway 130 just inside the National Forest boundary, about one mile northwest of Centennial, Wyo.
Visitors to the 1,110 square-foot building will notice that beetle-killed pine was used in a variety of ways in the design, some even salvaged from trees on site. Also planned or already on site is a pollinator garden, a short walking trail, pads for picnic tables, as well as interpretive signage and maps, both inside and outside. Maps, passes, forest product permits and some merchandise will also be sold at the Visitor Center.
Billed as the Gateway to the Snowy Range Scenic Byway, the Visitor Center’s staffing generally coincides with the status of Wyoming Highway 130. A Forest Service employee will be on site generally around Memorial Day and through sometime in October, whenever the highway closes for the year. Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed. through Sun.
The new Centennial Visitor Center is part of a larger, long-term Snowy Range Scenic Byway plan.  The plan and construction funds are part of a grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation with gas tax receipts through the Federal Highways National Scenic Byway program.  Visitors have seen activity with this project and its multiple improvements over the last two years, including paving work on Sand Lake road.

               For more information please call the Laramie Ranger District at (307) 745-2300 or stop by the District Office at 2468 Jackson St. in Laramie between normal office hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Information may also be found on this website, http://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or you can follow the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland on Twitter, @MBRNFsTBNG.