Judy Bernstein Bunzl, Victoria Hollingsworth and Bill Fausone remove barbed wire on Horse Creek Mesa. Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation plans eight fence-pulls through September.

B-T ‘Friends’ group forms

A new nonprofit organization created to support the Bridger-Teton National Forest is hosting a stewardship day on Shadow Mountain this Friday.

The event will start off with a noon to 4:30 p.m. volunteer opportunity, and then transition to a celebratory community barbecue. A new program that will enlist frontcountry camping “ambassadors” will be unveiled.

For more information contact Sarah at or 699-2379. There’s also an event posting on the Friends of the Bridger-Teton’s Facebook page.

Fence pull season is here

The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation’s summertime fence-removal and modification projects are intended to help animals navigate the landscape.

The first two public volunteer days have passed, but days in the field are scheduled for June 15, June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24, Sept. 14 and Sept. 28.

For more information go to

Custer-Gallatin ideas due

A national forest primarily located north and west of Yellowstone National Park is asking the public to comment on its up-for-revision forest plan.

The Custer-Gallatin National Forest, which also manages grasslands in eastern Montana and western South Dakota, is giving the public until Thursday to weigh in on a draft revision to the plan. The revision, underway since 2016, will establish goals for 3 million acres of federal land.

To review related documents and weigh in, go to

Tour Dubois Badlands

The Wyoming Wilderness Association will host a guided 7-mile hiking tour of the Dubois Badlands’ Byrd Draw on Saturday.

The hike will start in the morning and finish by 3 or 4 p.m. Dubois local Bruce Thompson, who secured access to Byrd Draw through private land, will lead it.

To register call the association at 631-871-3707 or email Peggie dePasquale at

Y’stone plans housing

Forty-five seasonal residences have officially been proposed at Canyon and in West Yellowstone, Montana.

The buildings, a combination of RVs and modular, trailer-style homes, would be occupied by employees of Yellowstone National Park concessionaires Xanterra and Delaware North. The private business would pay for the project.

Yellowstone officials first pitched the project through the “scoping” phase in February, and this week they released an environmental assessment that makes the plans official.

Twenty-five RV pads in the West Yellowstone area would encircle an existing warehouse in a government building area south of the entrance gate and would be occupied by general store employees. The Canyon portion of the project would alleviate overcrowded dormitories used by lodging employees by adding up to 15 RV pads and six homes to an abandoned camping loop.

Related documents and a comment form are posted online at Comments are due by June 14.

Alliance plans reunion

The Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, now 40 years old, is holding a board, staff and volunteer alumni reunion and a conservation-themed story slam June 19.

It is also the group’s annual meeting. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Old Wilson Schoolhouse Community Center.

Find information on the event page at Search “Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.”

Ozone meeting set

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality has rescheduled its annual post-winter ozone season meeting for the Sublette County area on June 26.

Ozone pollution in the area stems from oil and gas drilling activities in the Green River basin combined with winter inversions that hold particulate matter and ozone in low-lying areas.

The meeting will begin with a informational DEQ presentation, focusing on the 2019 winter ozone season, in particular winter ozone formation at the Boulder Monitoring Station. The Wyoming Department of Health will also be in attendance.

The public meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boulder Community Center in Boulder.

Moneta objections due

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is giving the public until July 5 to object to a permit for Aethon Energy to dump pollutants into the Bighorn River watershed.

The permits being proposed are for the Moneta Divide Gas Field, located east of the Boysen Reservoir.

For information see a WyoFile story at

Send objections in writing to Jason Thomas, DEQ/WQD, 200 W. 17th St., Cheyenne, WY 82002.

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. It’s also sponsored by the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Go to for information.

— Compiled by Mike Koshmrl

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or

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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