The Bridger-Teton National Forest is inviting the public to join them at the Forest Supervisor’s Office in Jackson, Wyoming or Pinedale District Office in Pinedale, Wyoming on May 1st from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to learn more about the National Trails Stewardship Act and how to become more involved in helping maintain trails within four priority Forests in Wyoming, including the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
This year, the United States celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System Act, which established America’s system of national, scenic, historic and recreation trails. With over 158,000 miles of trails, the Forest Service manages the largest trail system in the country. Current Forest Service records and audits have identified that only 25% of trails on National Forest lands meet Agency standards for safety and quality recreation experiences, and Forest Service funding for trail maintenance continues to decrease annually.
The 2016 National Trails Stewardship Act places emphasis on developing and implementing a strategy to significantly increase the role of communities, partners and volunteers in trail maintenance on National Forests throughout the country. In 2018, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue selected 15 Priority Areas on various National Forests throughout the country to begin implementation of the National Trails Stewardship Act. Included in these 15 selected Priority Areas is the Wyoming Forest Gateway Community Priority Area, which includes Forest System Trails within the Bighorn, Medicine Bow, Shoshone, and Bridger-Teton National Forests.
The Forest Service and State of Wyoming Parks and Recreation will be hosting this State-wide kick-off meeting to provide information on selected trails within the Wyoming Forest Community Priority Area and how interested partners and volunteers can get involved in helping maintain National Forest trails in these selected priority areas. This meeting will be broadcast live simultaneously at several Forest Service offices including Pinedale, Jackson, Lander, Cody, Laramie, Sheridan, Greybull, and Buffalo.
For more information, please contact: Cindy Stein, Recreation Manager at 307-367-5717. Information
on the Bridger-Teton National Forest can also be obtained at http://www.fs.usda.gov/btnf.