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A coyote strolls past a group of interested bighorn sheep on the National Elk Refuge. Historian Dan Flores is giving a talk from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today about coyotes, people and the American West at the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum.

History talk is Wednesday

The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum has one remaining public presentation about environmental history.

Dan Flores will speak today about coyotes, people and the American West. The talk, which is free, will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the museum on North Cache Street.

A discussion will follow the presentation, hosted by history professor Sherry Smith. To register for the post-presentation presentation visit JacksonHoleHistory.org, email Frances Ritchie at frances@jacksonholehistory.org or call 733-2414. The one-hour presentation is free. Discussions afterward cost $10.

Your thoughts on grouse?

The U.S. Forest Service has issued a final environmental impact statement for land management plan amendments to 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.

Fence pulls will continue

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

Projects are scheduled for Aug. 24, Sept. 14 and Sept. 28.

At JHWildlife.org/our-work/current-projects you can find information.

Campground fees to rise

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is proposing to raise the fees for some campgrounds and rental cabins.

The price hike applies to campgrounds and structures in the forest’s Kemmerer, Big Piney, Pinedale and Blackrock ranger districts.

Several campsites now listed at $7 could rise to $10 or $12. Rates for cabins could more than double, from $30 to $60 or $80. The Bridger-Teton retains about 95% of the fee money.

Public comments are due by Aug. 31. Email them to Recreation Program Manager Cindy Stein at cindy.stein@usda.gov.

See the proposed campground and cabin fee hikes at FS.USDA.gov/activity/btnf/recreation/camping-cabins.

Meet the 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 and can meet at 2 p.m. at the Blacktail Butte trailhead.

The next Wildflower Watch walk of the season is Sept. 8.

Contact Bloom for information at trevordavidbloom@gmail.com.

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.

— 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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