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The Shoshone National Forest is looking to permit new outfitting and guiding services near the communities of Cody, Dubois and Lander. Activities that may be open include mountaineering in the Gannett Peak area in the Wind River Ranger District.

Shoshone to take bids

The Shoshone National Forest is looking to permit new outfitting and guiding services near the communities of Cody, Dubois and Lander.

Activities that may be open include mountaineering, sport climbing and ice climbing in the Wild Iris, Sinks Canyon, Little Popo Agie and Gannett Peak areas in the Wind River Ranger District. There are also commercial climbing opportunities in the South Fork of the Shoshone River corridor and the Clarks Fork area. Other non-motor commercial activities being considered include mountain biking, trail running, day-use fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing.

Other activities may be considered.

For information on the solicitation process call Paul Rau at 307-578-5140 or Mike LaFrentz, 307-578-5117.

Proposals are due by Monday.

Adler to talk astrophotography

Wyoming Stargazing has announced its 2020 speaker series, “The World Above the Tetons.”

Coming up: Mike Adler will talk about astrophotography on Saturday; Danielle Carroll will present on human health in space March 29; last, Mike Brotherton will speak on cosmic storytelling April 27.

All the presentations start at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts. Tickets for children and students are free; adults pay $25.

New Y’stone bridge proposed

The National Park Service is seeking public comments on plans to replace a major bridge spanning the Yellowstone River at Tower with a new one about 500 feet south of the current location.

A 1,175-foot-long, 176-foot-high bridge that would be built in 2022 would skirt wetlands, enabling the park to restore wet meadows next to the current 60-year-old bridge and road corridor.

Those plans are outlined in an environmental assessment that Yellowstone recently released. Two other options are contemplated: the customary “no-action” alternative and a different plan for the Yellowstone River bridge that would move the crossing north instead into an area where the topography would enable a much shorter bridge.

Comments are due by March 15. Go online at ParkPlanning.NPS.gov/yrb to submit comments and to find related documents.

Snow King plans on table

Bridger-Teton National Forest officials are accepting comments on the environmental study of the possible historical, wildlife and recreational benefits and drawbacks of a proposed overhaul of Snow King Mountain.

The document, a 225-page environmental impact statement, is available for comment through March 16.

Comments and related documents can be found online at TinyURL.com/ski-eis.

Four proposals for Snow King are on the table, though at this time the Bridger-Teton has not selected an alternative that is “preferred.”

Potential bird rule rollback

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking comments on a proposed rule that limits the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, exempting some industries that kill species protected under the act.

Comments on the proposal are due by March 19.

Find documentation in the Feb. 3 edition of the Federal Register, at FederalRegister.gov.

Comment by going to Regulations.gov and searching for Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2018-0090.

— 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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