The Wyoming Wilderness Association, in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service, is charging ahead with a study of over-snow vehicle use (OSV) in the Palisades Wilderness Study Area (WSA) near Jackson. Our data will provide critical information about the activities that impinge on the Palisades’ spectacular wilderness characteristics.
This ongoing monitoring study began in winter 2016 and will continue for the foreseeable future. We will compile and analyze the data gleaned over successive winters and produce a report to aid the Bridger-Teton National Forest in making informed decisions regarding the upcoming revision of the B-T Forest Management Plan, slated for 2018.
Furthermore, this data will also help us as we monitor the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative process in Teton County and advocate for protection of the area's wild lands.
A committee of stakeholders representing agriculture, logging, conservation, motorized and non-motorized users and more has been formed and will now deliberate possible designations for two stunning Wilderness Study Areas in the Bridger-Teton National Forest: the Palisades and Shoal Creek. Designation recommendations could range from release for development to addition to the National Wilderness Preservation System. The recommendations will become part of a large public lands bill to be forwarded to U.S. Congress for consideration.
* Photo courtesy of Tom Turiano.