Teton County school trust parcels

The Office of State Lands and Investments is seeking development applications for 18 school trust parcels that Wyoming owns in Teton County. They’re outlined in red on this map.

G&F Commission meets today

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meets all day today in Thermopolis to discuss matters from bighorn sheep management to the donation of a conservation easement near Munger Mountain.

The meeting will be broadcast over Zoom. To listen in or comment on issues presented, attendees must register. Find out how at WGFD.wyo.gov/about-us/game-and-fish-commission.

Forum on B-T camping is today

The Friends of the Bridger-Teton will host a virtual event to discuss record-breaking camping and visitor use at dispersed camping areas throughout the forest.

The event is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. today.

Forest staff and volunteer ambassadors will report on what happened this summer — and what was changed, is working and needs fixing. The public is encouraged to join and weigh in.

To participate you must register at TinyURL.com/BTNFcampingforum.

Meetings tackle trapping regs

Wyoming wildlife managers are taking steps to rework trapping regulations and setting out on a public process pointed at reform.

Preliminary recommendations from the process include bolstering public and trapping education, signing areas that are actively trapped and establishing trap-free setbacks from trails and trailheads. There were common concerns identified about wildlife and pets inadvertently caught, the trap check periods for snares and the lack of monitoring and mortality limits for furbearing species. There was also support for new trap type restrictions and larger trap-free areas.

Two meetings coming up will be broadcast virtually: one at 6 p.m. today in Laramie and another at 6 p.m. Thursday. If you want to attend, visit WGFD.Wyo.gov/meetings to register.

More ‘Lessons from the field’

The Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative’s “Lessons From the Field” conversation series continues at noon Thursday with a free talk by artist and educator Katie Shepherd Christiansen.

Christiansen’s watercolor wildlife portraits are meant to inspire a connection to the natural world.

Register to receive the Zoom link at TinyURL.com/NRCCconversation.

The conversation series wraps up for the season at noon Sept. 24 with a talk by wolverine biologist Rebecca Watters.

Animal damage management

Wyoming’s Animal Damage Management Board is meeting via Zoom at 11 a.m. Thursday to consider a reduction in wolf depredation compensation funds in response to state budget cuts.

The board will also consider extending the Fremont County Southern Bighorns Deer Project.

Go to WyADMB.com to find a complete agenda and a link to the Zoom feed online.

Headwaters forum goes virtual

The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Protect Our Water Jackson Hole and the Wyoming Outdoor Council have convened a virtual forum for people interested in learning about water quality issues in the valley.

An expert panel will discuss the science behind water protections and potential solutions to help keep the Snake River headwaters healthy.

The event is from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday and will be aired via Zoom. Register at JHAlliance.org/event/water.

West Yellowstone logging

The Custer-Gallatin National Forest is advancing plans to thin and log the forest on nearly 40,000 acres of its Hebgen Lake Ranger District south of West Yellowstone, Montana.

The South Plateau Landscape Treatment project, as it’s called, is intended to thin out beetle-killed forest while also providing timber to local mills. Another goal is to reduce the fuel load in the event of wildfire.

The project covers the very southernmost point of southwest Montana and is bordered on the west side by the Idaho border and on the east side by Yellowstone National Park.

An environmental assessment about the project’s impacts has been prepared. The document is open to public comment. Comments are due Sept. 16.

You can review documents and find instructions on commenting at FS.USDA.gov/project/?project=57353.

Sage grouse group meets

A working group that helps manage sage grouse in the Upper Snake River Basin is meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 to select projects that will be funded and discuss other sage grouse matters.

The meeting will be held virtually. Those with interest in attending should call Game and Fish’s Jackson Region office at 733-2321 for details.

Concessionaire regs to change

The U.S. Department of the Interior has issued a proposed rule that changes a number of regulations related to how the National Park Service offers, selects and manages concessionaire contracts.

The changes concern fees, duration of contracts and incentives for investments in park-owned infrastructure.

The Concessions Management Improvement Act, which governs the contracts today, has not been substantially changed in 20 years.

To review the proposed rule and comment go online to TinyURL.com/NPS-concessionaire.

Comments are due Sept. 18.

Travel plan comments extended

The Shoshone National Forest added 30 days to its comment period for an environmental assessment of proposed changes to its travel management plan.

The planning documents examine 136 ranger district-specific and two forestwide proposals to the wheeled-vehicle travel system submitted during the earlier scoping phase of the process.

Another 16 district-specific and nine forestwide proposals were submitted for the winter travel system.

Submit comments by Sept. 28 at TinyURL.com/yymfdffv or to SM.FS.shonfcomment@usda.gov with “Shoshone NF Travel Management Planning Project” in the subject line.

State lands future studied

A Wyoming agency is seeking ideas for developing more than 7 square miles the state owns in Teton County.

The 4,655 acres are used to fund schools and are spread among 18 parcels, including high-profile locations like Crystal and East Gros Ventre buttes, a square mile along Highway 390 and a section that hugs Grand Teton National Park near Kelly.

The Office of State Lands and Investments, which was directed by legislation to do the study, has opened an application period for developers. Proposals are due Oct. 2.

You can find information about submitting applications and a map of pertinent trust parcels online at Lands.Wyo.gov.

— 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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