EcoWatch - Wilderness Run

The Wyoming Wilderness Association has organized a competitive trail run that will coincide with the inaugural Wyoming Public Lands Day.

Run for wilderness

The Wyoming Wilderness Association has organized a competitive trail run that will coincide with the inaugural Wyoming Public Lands Day.

The Sept. 28 Run the Red event has half-marathon and 45- and 120-kilometer options. Routes pass by wilderness study areas and the longest ungulate migration route in the Lower 48 in a scenic high-desert landscape south of the Wind River Range. The event is also sponsored by the National Outdoor Leadership School.

See WildWyo.org/run-the-red for information.

‘Lands Day’ is Saturday

The Bureau of Land Management’s Pinedale Field Office is bringing volunteers together Saturday to shore up facilities and trails at the Civilian Conservation Corps Ponds just south of Fremont Lake.

The event is part of National Public Lands Day, which is celebrated with clean-up and infrastructure projects on federal lands across the country.

Participants are invited to meet at the CCC Ponds at 8 a.m. to do some trail work, brush cutting, mowing and general cleanup. All gear needed for the work will be provided,

For details contact Joel Klosterman at 307-367-5388.

Check out wildflowers

Join Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative researcher Trevor Bloom to learn about native plants while collecting data on how they are being affected by climate change.

Participants needn’t RSVP. They will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Blacktail Butte trailhead. Contact Bloom for info at trevordavidbloom@gmail.com.

Two 2019 fence pulls left

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation is continuing fence removal and modification projects intended to help animals move around the landscape.

Remaining projects this year are scheduled for Sept. 14 and 28. See JHWildlife.org.

Phosphate mine is OK’d

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved the Caldwell Canyon Mine project, located about 13 miles northeast of Soda Springs, Idaho.

Bayer subsidiary P4 Production will develop mines on three phosphate leases, according to The Associated Press. The final plan for P4 Production’s mine involves two open pits covering about 1,200 acres. Most of that is on private land, while about 140 acres is on BLM land, and 200 acres are on Idaho endowment land.

People can appeal the BLM’s decision to the Interior Board of Land Appeals through Sept. 13. Send appeals to BLM’s Idaho Falls District Office at 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83401. Questions? Call 208-524-7500.

Stream tours scheduled

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is inviting the public to visit streams that could be protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

A process that forest officials have initiated is a precursor to the Bridger-Teton’s upcoming revision of its forest master plan.

“As we continue through the first step of the Wild and Scenic process,” forest officials said in a press release, “we’d like to invite you to put some dates on your calendar to meet us out on the forest to talk about rivers.”

A tour of Murphy Creek, in the Salt River Range, has been scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, forest officials are gathering with interested parties at Straight Creek, on the Green River side of the Wyoming Range. The last tour will be held at the same time of day Sept. 13 at Rock Creek, also in the Wyoming Range.

Agendas and location details will be posted at TinyURL.com/wildandscenicrivers.

Commission in Pinedale

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s commission never meets in Jackson Hole, but the appointed body does convene in nearby Pinedale and Dubois on occasion.

The commission’s next two-day meeting is Sept. 16 and 17 in Pinedale. A gathering in Powell on Nov. 19 and 20 will be the last in 2019.

Visit WGFD.wyo.gov/about-us/game-and-fish-commission for agendas and links to access video stream of the meetings.

Thoughts on grouse?

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a final environmental impact statement for land management plan amendments that regulate greater sage grouse habitat.

Also released were five draft records of decision for national forests in Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, including the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

The proposal will allow more disturbance and development on 5.4 million acres of potential greater sage grouse habitat. Objections are due by Oct. 1.

— Mike Koshmrl

 

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them for 7 years. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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