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Entries for Wyoming Wildlife’s annual photo contest will be accepted through Nov. 25.

Wildlife photo contest

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s in-house magazine, Wyoming Wildlife, has put out a call for submissions for its 49th annual photo contest.

Photos are being accepted online until midnight Nov. 25. Winning entries will be published in the February 2020 photo issue of Wyoming Wildlife. The grand-prize winner will receive $600 for the best overall photo and a $350 voucher for a print on metal, gallery mount or other canvas at Artizen Photo Printing.

Prizes are also offered for first, second and third places in each of the four photo categories.

Contestants can submit up to 10 photographs, and the maximum size for each is 9 megabytes. Each must represent one of the following categories: wildlife, scenic, recreation or flora.

Submit images at TinyURL.com/wyomingwildlife19. Call Patrick Owen with any questions at 777-4547.

Y’stone plans new bridge near Tower

The National Park Service is eying a replacement of a Yellowstone River bridge along the Northeast Entrance Road near Tower.

Plans are in the scoping stage, which includes a call for input preceding the preparation of an environmental assessment document that will weigh three options.

Option A, the customary “no action” alternative, would leave the half-century-old bridge in its current condition.

Option B would replace the bridge with a larger 1,200-foot-long bridge about 500 feet south of the existing location. One mile of new road would be constructed to line up with the new location. Following construction, the existing bridge and approximately 1 1/2 miles of existing road would be removed and the area restored.

Option C would construct a new 600-foot bridge slightly north of the existing bridge. After construction, the existing one would be removed.

Comments are due Saturday. Send them to ParkPlanning.NPS.gov/yrb.

Sublette ozone meeting

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality’s annual prewinter ozone season meeting has been set for Monday.

Ozone is a problem in the region due to oil and gas drilling in the Green River basin, which, when coupled with wintertime inversions, leaves a pall of pollution over the valley. The meeting will be informational and will include the Wyoming Department of Health. The DEQ has invited industry and advocacy groups to participate at stations to answer individual questions.

The public meeting will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Boulder Community Center, located at 304 Adams St. in Boulder.

Game and Fish board to meet

The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission is gathering for its next meeting Tuesday and Nov. 20 in Powell. It will be the last scheduled meeting of 2019.

Find an agenda and link to a livestream of the meeting at WGFD.Wyo.gov/about-us/game-and-fish-commission.

The day before the meeting, on Monday, the commission is expected to hold a workshop about keeping an office in Jackson, creating a joint regional office in Pinedale or going with one of several other options. Details about the workshop have not been announced.

Habitat grants offered

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is seeking proposals for projects that enhance and improve the quality of state-identified priority big-game winter range, stopover areas and migration corridors on federal and private land.

Some $3.25 million is set aside for the effort. Projects in Wyoming and 10 other Western states qualify.

A detailed RFP is available online at TinyURL.com/habitatimprovement.

Proposals are due by Dec. 2. Email Seth with questions at seth.gallagher@nfwf.org.

— 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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