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The Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation will hold two more fence pulls this season, on Saturday and Sept. 28.

Two 2019 fence pulls are left

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

Remaining projects this year are scheduled for this Saturday and, the last, on Sept. 28. See JHWildlife.org.

Phosphate mine comments are due

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has approved the Caldwell Canyon Mine project, located about 13 miles northeast of Soda Springs, Idaho.

Bayer subsidiary P4 Production will develop mines on three phosphate leases, according to The Associated Press. The final plan for P4 Production’s mine involves two open pits covering about 1,200 acres. Most of that is private land; about 140 acres is BLM land, and 200 acres is Idaho endowment land.

People can appeal the BLM’s decision to the Interior Board of Land Appeals through Friday. Send appeals to BLM’s Idaho Falls District Office at 1405 Hollipark Drive, Idaho Falls, ID 83401. Questions? Call 208-524-7500.

Stream tour scheduled by the B-T

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is inviting the public to visit streams that could be protected under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

A process that forest officials have initiated is a precursor to the Bridger-Teton’s upcoming revision of its forest master plan.

“As we continue through the first step of the Wild and Scenic process we’d like to invite you to put some dates on your calendar to meet us out on the forest to talk about rivers,” forest officials said in a press release.

Two tours have passed by, but one more is happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Rock Creek in the Wyoming Range.

Agendas and location details will be posted at TinyURL.com/wildandscenicrivers.

Run for wilderness later this month

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.

Public Lands Day events around Jackson

Land managers and advocacy organizations have come together to organize an array of Sept. 28 stewardship projects on the inaugural Wyoming Public Lands Day. Here’s a sampling of what’s happening the last Saturday of the month. Find more details online at NEEFUSA.org/npld-event-search.

• Access trail work at the Sheep Gulch Boat Launch with Snake River Fund and Bridger-Teton National Forest

• Maintenance of the Wyoming Range National Recreation Trail with Backcountry Horsemen and Bridger-Teton

• Cache Creek clean-up project with the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of Pathways and Bridger-Teton

• Cunningham Cabin project with Grand Teton National Park

• Fence-pull project with Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation

• Continental Divide Trail re-route with the Bridger-Teton’s Blackrock Ranger District on Togwotee Pass

Game and Fish commission in Pinedale

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s commission never meets in Jackson Hole, but the appointed body does convene in nearby Pinedale and Dubois on occasion.

The commission’s next two-day meeting is Monday and Tuesday in Pinedale. A gathering in Powell on Nov. 19 and 20 will be the last in 2019.

Visit WGFD.wyo.gov/about-us/game-and-fish-commission for agendas and links to access video stream of the meetings.

Forest Service wants thoughts on grouse

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

Rec committee to meet

An interim legislative committee that’s focused on travel, recreation, wildlife and cultural resources issues is meeting next in Dubois.

The agenda for the Oct. 2 and 3 will be posted to WyoLeg.gov/committees/2019/J06.

Topics the committee is working on include creating a state gaming commission, an array of Wyoming Game and Fish Department issues and a statewide search and rescue study.

— 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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