The Shoshone National Forest is 2.4 million acres of rugged and beautiful public lands in northwestern Wyoming. Bordering the eastern edge of Yellowstone National Park and stretching from Lander to the Montana state line, it is the country’s first national forest and home to some of Wyoming’s most epic mountain ranges, expansive wilderness and roadless areas, and iconic wildlife. The U.S. Forest Service identifies and celebrates the Shoshone’s niche as a wild, backcountry forest.
The Shoshone is also a treasured destination for outdoor recreation of all sorts, from hiking and horseback riding to big game hunting and motorized recreation. The Forest Service is nearing completion of a years-long Travel Management Plan that will designate roads, trails, and other areas that are open to motor vehicles.
Two of our partner organizations are deeply engaged in the process and have identified a number of problems. These include proposals to add new motorized routes and trails in sensitive areas — such as roadless areas and crucial wildlife habitat — without addressing existing problems like illegal vehicle use and the backlog of road and trail maintenance.
The Forest Service needs to hear from you. If you care about the future of the forest, I encourage you to learn more about the Travel Management Plan on the Wyoming Wilderness Association or Greater Yellowstone Coalition websites. Then, share your thoughts with the Forest Service by submitting a public comment. Both organizations are offering portals to easily submit your comments.
The public comment period ends November 18. Please be sure to describe your personal experiences in the Shoshone National Forest and suggest specific changes you want to see.