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Sequestration Hits Refuge Behind The Scenes

National Elk Refuge

Sequestration’s toll on the operations at the National Parks has been in the news for the past week, but little has been said about other national agencies like the US Fish and Wildlife Service.  Spokesperson Lori Iverson says the Refuge had been anticipating … Continue Reading

YNP Pack and Horseback Tours studied

March 13, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, Paradise Valley, State of Wyoming Comments Off
YNP Horseback

The National Park Service is preparing an environmental assessment to analyze impacts associated with the issuance of new concession contracts for guided backcountry saddle and pack stock tours in Yellowstone National Park.  At issue is … Continue Reading

Park Visitations Up In February

YNP snowmobile

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park during February experienced a 4¼% increase from the same month last year.  According to the National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics Office, 31,053 people visited the park for recreational purposes with another 48,559 … Continue Reading

Low Spring Runoff Predicted

snow measurements

The National Weather Service office in Riverton reported yesterday that the February basin precipitation was 85 to 90 percent of average across Wyoming, although mountain snowpack across Wyoming continues to be … Continue Reading

Forest Firefighting To Be More Selective

FUSEE

In the past, the National Forest Service has classified a variety of small fires in remote areas as “managed fires,” allowing them to burn in those areas for the resource benefits they provided.  However, last year every fire was suppressed unless it was officially designated a managed fire.  As a result, … Continue Reading

State Travel Combats Sequestration Effects

shober

Budget cutbacks in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks leading to delays in plowing the roads in both parks, less staffing of seasonal rangers, and reduced hours in visitor centers to name a few of the consequences of the sequestration have tourism interests in the state concerned.  Of highest concern is … Continue Reading

Bison Movement Approved

March 11, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, Paradise Valley Comments Off
Bison

Montana Governor Steve Bullock has approved a request from Yellowstone National Park to move 63 bison from a holding facility in the park, near Gardiner, to an Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service facility in Corwin Springs, three miles away.  The animals are being moved … Continue Reading

Renew Bear Bait Permits Now

Bear Bait

Black bear hunters who want to use bait for the spring bear hunting season have until March 20th to register their existing bear-bait sites. Spokesman Mark Gocke of the Wyoming Game and Fish Office in Jackson says those who had bait sites registered in 2012 can … Continue Reading

Governor Mulls Mitigation

Gov Mead

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead told reporters he has been in conference with community leaders in Northwestern Wyoming regarding the impacts of delayed road plowing in Yellowstone on the region’s tourism.  Mead says unquestionably, the losses to those communities will be significant, but … Continue Reading

Elk Numbers Continue To Decline

elk

The number of elk in the northern Yellowstone herd continues its decline.  The Northern Yellowstone Cooperative Wildlife Working Group has conducted its annual winter survey of the northern Yellowstone elk population working with … Continue Reading

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  • Heavy Showers and Thunderstorms - July 29, 2014
    A Pacific weather disturbance, Monsoonal moisture and stationary frontal system will create rather widespread and heavy shower and thunderstorm activity.  Rain will especially be heavy in portions of central, south-central and southeastern Wyoming.  Areas of flooding will be a concern.  Continued mild temperatures on Wednesday with decreased shower and thunderstorm activity.  Weather conditions this weekend […]
  • Release ‘em right - July 29, 2014
    Each year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department sends out a reminder of the right way to release fish when you turn them back into the water. Al Langston of the Game and Fish recently sent out that reminder, so I thought I’d pass it along to you. When the water gets warm this time […]
  • Hauling hay makes me consider ATVs - July 28, 2014
    In my days in the mountains, I’ve seen some horse wrecks that probably should have turned my hair gray prematurely. I’ve had horses go lame on me deep in the backcountry. And I’ve been awakened in the night to the sound of thundering hooves receding down the trail toward the trailer. None of those situations […]
  • Red Flag Warnings In Effect; Isolated Thunderstorms Possible Across Southeast Wyoming - July 25, 2014
    The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for parts of central and south-central Wyoming through today.  With drier conditions and breezy to gusty winds, there is an increased risk for initiation and the spread of wild fires.  Temperatures will remain quite warm to hot, with highs in the 80′s to low 90′s for […]

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