Moose and calves

A moose and two calves browse during a Eco Tour Adventures stop Sunday morning near Gros Ventre Road. It’s always a good idea for motorists to keep an eye out for nearby wildlife.

Last chance to comment on lynx

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is accepting objections on its final environmental impact statement and draft decision for its “lynx analysis units,” which help land managers ascertain how forest projects might affect the rare forest-dwelling feline.

How the forest selected its lynx units has been the subject of litigation by environmental groups in the past.

Objections are due by Monday.

Visit TinyURL.com/lynxanalysis to read related documents.

BLM to auction 780,000 acres

The Bureau of Land Management in Wyoming has released its initial environmental analysis for its fourth-quarter oil and gas lease sale, totaling 581 proposed lease parcels on 780,000-plus acres of federal land.

Two parcels initially marked for sale in the Red Desert-to-Hoback mule deer migration corridor are no longer being considered for lease. Other parcels that overlap with the mule deer passageway have a “special lease notice” attached that requires producers to work with BLM and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to minimize impacts.

Comments on the sale are due by Sept. 12. The sale is scheduled for the week of Dec. 10.

The environmental documents are posted online at Go.USA.gov/xUAjm.

For information contact Brad Purdy at 307-775-6328.

Snow King comments wanted

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is seeking public comment on a scoping document that outlines the largest overhaul of Snow King Mountain in the ski area’s history.

On the mountain’s town-facing north side there would be eight new cuts in the forest to accommodate ski runs, boundary expansions to the east and west, a gondola and a top-to-bottom zip line overhead of the bootpack where the Summit chairlift runs today.

The summit area would feature two new lifts and a ski school building, restaurant, planetarium and open-air wedding venue. Snow King’s backside, facing Leeks Canyon, would see development for the first time, including ski runs and a mountain bike park.

Snow King’s plans also call for vastly increasing snowmaking in the upper mountain and the backside, and extending night lighting to the summit.

The plans are in the first stage of a roughly two-year environmental review and must be analyzed through an environmental impact statement.

Comments are due by Sept. 13. For documents and instructions go online to TinyURL.com/snowkingfeedback.

Y’stone science confab coming up

The 14th Biennial Scientific Conference on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will start Tuesday.

The event, which runs through Sept. 14, is hosted by Yellowstone Forever. The theme this year is “Tracking the Human Footprint.”

The conference usually fills, and is capped at 350 participants. For registration information visit TrackingTheHumanFootprint2018.org.

— Compiled by Mike Koshmrl

 

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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