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Lesley Williams-Gomez of the Bridger-Teton National Forest carries refuse from a vacant Shadow Mountain campsite in 2017. The Friends of the Bridger-Teton’s stewardship day on Shadow Mountain has been rescheduled for June 28.

Environmental history talks coming up

The Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum has arranged three public presentations about environmental history, the first of which happens today.

Timothy Lehman will give a talk about environmental history and wolves from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the museum on North Cache Street. On July 31, Thomas Andrews will speak about equine culture and indigenous people, and on Aug. 14 Dan Flores will talk about coyotes, people and the American West.

Discussions will follow each of the presentations, hosted by history professor and local resident Sherry Smith. To register, email Frances@jacksonholehistory.org or call 733-2414. The events are free and open to the public.

Seminar series announced

The roster for the 2019 Harlow Summer Seminar Series has been released, and the popular talks kick off Thursday at the AMK Ranch on the shores of Jackson Lake. Casper College biology professor Will Robinson will discuss his research of migratory giant honey bees in Thailand starting at 6:30 p.m.

Other AMK lectures this summer are scheduled for June 20, June 27 and July 11. The series is abbreviated this year because the University of Wyoming/National Park Service research center at AMK Ranch is closing down to the public beginning July 15 due to wastewater treatment system construction.

AMK lectures are free and open to the public. A 5:30 p.m. barbecue dinner precedes each talk. A $5 donation is requested.

B-T ‘Friends’ reschedule event

A new nonprofit organization created to support the Bridger-Teton National Forest has rescheduled a stewardship day that is taking place on Shadow Mountain.

The event was originally to be held on June 7, but has now been tentatively slated to take place on June 28. The plan is to hold a 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 sarah@btfriends.org 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 is continuing its efforts to complete fence removal and modification projects that are intended to help animals navigate the landscape.

The next public volunteer day is scheduled for Saturday. Other projects will be done June 29, July 13, July 27, Aug. 10, Aug. 24, Sept. 14 and Sept. 28.

Yellowstone 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 businesses 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 online at ParkPlanning.NPS.gov/concessionshousing. Comments are due by Friday.

Conservation 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 info on the event page at Facebook.com. 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 is created by 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 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 attend.

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 info see a WyoFile story at TinyURL.com/wyofilepollution.

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. The event is also sponsored by the National Outdoor Leadership School.

Go to WildWyo.org/run-the-red for information.

— Compiled by Mike Koshmrl

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

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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