A new plan governing management and uses of the Shoshone National Forest is set to be finalized soon. But some groups, like the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, take issue with parts of the plan.
Of concern is an increase in motorized use in the Frank's Peak and Wood River roadless areas. Independent Contractor Charles Wolf Drimal says during the Forest's planning process, those areas were identified as having the highest wilderness potential.
After eight years of work, the Shoshone National Forest has released a new forest plan with few changes from the previous plan.
Winter recreation will remain roughly the same, few areas will be open for oil and gas development, and there will be no new wilderness areas. Some had asked for increased wilderness protections, but Forest Planner Carrie Christman says they didn’t want to go further.
Commenters on the proposed Shoshone National Forest management plan favor conservation, according to a new analysis by several environmental groups.
The U.S. Forest Service received more than 23,000 comments on the proposed plan. The analysis focuses on the roughly 1,000 of those that aren't form letters. Connie Wilbert, with the Sierra Club of Wyoming, helped with the analysis. She says the results weren't unexpected.
The Hardluck Fire in the Shoshone National Forest has been creeping north, toward a few abandoned frontier cabins near Needle Creek.
Forest Spokeswoman Kristie Salzmann says because other wildfires in the West threaten human life and properties, they take precedent.
“There’s only so many people and so many resources that can be utilized within the country to fight fires. And this one, since it doesn’t have the properties at risk, and because it is in such rugged terrain, we are just staying in the monitoring of it right now.”
A wildfire is threatening some summer homes and campgrounds southwest of Lander.
The homes in Homestead Park and campers in Sinks Canyon were evacuated today as the Fairfield Fire spread in hot and windy conditions in grass and sagebrush. Forest Service spokeswoman Kristie Salzman said about 50 structures were threatened but it's not clear how many of them are homes and how many were occupied.
The area is a very popular spot in the summer, attracting rock climbers, mountain bikers and hikers.
The Shoshone National Forest is considering public comments on a proposal to make the Sleeping Giant Ski area near Cody a year-round facility.
The Ski area is hoping to take advantage of new federal rules that allow ski areas to operate in the summer months. Forest Service Spokeswoman Anita Harper says the ski area wants to expand in three areas.