Shoshone National Forest
Travel Management Plan
Travel Planning on the Shoshone National Forest
The Preliminary Environmental Assessment has been released, and it is time for action.
2014 Final Forest Plan dictates what can happen on the Shoshone, but the Travel Management Plan (TMP) determines what will happen on these public lands. After three years of work, the TMP went dormant in 2017. WWA has been waiting patiently for three years, eager to move the plan forward. However, Covid-19 has changed a lot, including the public's ability to partake in public land management decisions. Yet, the Shoshone National Forest chose to release the Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Plan on July 30, 2020 with originally only 30 days for public comment despite the pandemic's limitations.
Luckily, with the help of our partners and supporters like you, the comment period has been extended to September 28th, giving more adequate time to identify motorized use options for many of the Shoshone’s spectacular front-country roadless areas. Check out the letter we sent requesting this extension.
This extension was just the first step in a long process ensuring this backcountry forest receives management protocols that respect its wildness. For example, the final Forest Plan designates almost 80 percent of the South Zone’s non-wilderness-protected lands as available for summer and winter motorized use. Many of these areas, like the 30,000-acre Wiggins Fork Roadless area, are critical elk-calving, grizzly and lynx habitat and are locally championed as the best easily-accessed foot and horseback hunting and summer recreation areas on the Shoshone.
Unregulated motorized use has been the primary concern raised by the public to date, as it negatively impacts wildlife, non-motorized recreation opportunities, and local economies that rely on the Shoshone’s unique wilderness character. Please consider writing to the Forest with your concerns about the plan now, or wait to hear from us about the top concerns we identify and join us in a unified message concerning the alternatives currently on the table.
Timeline of Events
Additional public meetings with new information
Hold additional public field trips
Planning was put on hold indefinitely...
SNF announces plans to release Preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) in June 2020
July 30, 2020
SNF releases Preliminary EA and announces 30 day comment period
August 11, 12 & 13 2020
Virtual Public meetings help for each ranger district
North Zone (Clarks Fork, Greybull, and Wapiti districts) – August 11th from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE MEETING
Washakie District – August 12th from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE MEETING
Wind River District - August 13th from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm -- CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE MEETING
September 28, 2020
Public comments on EA due
One of several unauthorized routes leaving from Wildcat Loop parking area. System road is not signed open or numbered, no sign of closure on unauthorized routes.
Your concern inspired action in 2016, and it can do so again in 2020!
As a result of the public concern regarding existing motorized use, the Shoshone National Forest assembled a Compliance Working Group to help the Shoshone enforce its designated route system. Although the working group fell dormant with the plan, Wyoming Wilderness Association continues to argue that the greatest opportunity to improve compliance on the Shoshone is to effectively close unauthorized routes.
Learn more about the Working Group by clicking here.
Example of motorized use continuing past end of route because there are no signs or barriers to indicate end.