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Forest Use Heavier Than Normal

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With the complete closure of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, many area visitors are finding an alternative for the outdoor recreation on Bridger-Teton National Forest.  Forest Supervisor Clinton Kyhl admits the forest usage is up, but a more specific idea of how much of an increase that is, is not known.  Still, he says that increased usage does bring with it some concerns.  He says the law enforcement personnel still on duty are busy with monitoring hunters on the forest, and with the additional users, they have become really busy.  Due to the furlough, the normal forest personnel are not available and so those still on duty are stretched pretty thin. Kyhl says one particular concern is the mix of hunters and non-hunters sharing some of the same forest areas.  He advises that if people are hiking during hunting season need to be aware of the hunt and wear orange; and to stay on the trails.  He says conversely, the hunters need to be aware of the increased number of other recreationists on the forest right now. Kyhl also is concerned about the impacts on the forest service roads, especially after the recent wet weather the area has experienced.  He also reminds firewood gatherers that although permits are currently not currently being sold, they need to be in possession whenever people are cutting their firewood.  Kyhl quickly adds, “Hopefully we can get back and running and get our permits out for sale and get folks firewood gathered for this winter.”

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