Shoshone National Forest

Travel Management Plan

Travel Planning on the Shoshone National Forest
 

The 2014 Final Forest Plan dictates what can happen on the Shoshone, but the Travel Management Plan, in which public comments are currently being reviewed, determines what will happen on these public lands.

 

The Travel Management Plan will rely on a public comment process to identify new ATV trails and motorized use options for many of the Shoshone’s spectacular front-country roadless areas.

 

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.

WWA comments on
Travel Management Plan

WWA submitted comments on the Travel Management Plan in July 2016. Click below to access comments and supporting documents. 

Travel Monitoring Project

 

In 2014, WWA embarked on a citizen-initiative campaign to document motorized use concerns to help guide the Shoshone National Forest in developing a responsible Travel Management Plan. To date, almost 50 concerned citizens have reported motorized use observations to WWA, resulting in more than 300 photo-tagged waypoints on the Wind River Ranger District alone.

 

Click below to read our report on our Travel Monitoring effort.

 

This report summarizes our observations and conclusions regarding unauthorized motorized use on the Shoshone and explains how to navigate the Google Earth data and Travel Data below. The report begs the question: Can the Shoshone afford to maintain and enforce additional designated routes?

 

To access the Travel Data (Excel spreadsheet) click below:  

To access the Google Earth Data, click on the document link below. The .kmz file will download to your computer. You will need Google Earth in order to access the data. Click HERE to download Google Earth. 

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.

WWA photo.

Your concern inspired action! 

 

THANK YOU to all of you who helped support our Travel Monitoring effort. Your concern inspired action!

 

As a result of the public concern regarding existing motorized use, the Shoshone National Forest has assembled a Compliance Working Group to help the Shoshone enforce its designated route system. As a member of the Compliance Working Group, the Wyoming Wilderness Association will continue 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

Timeline of Events

Spring 2017 

Additional public meetings with new information

Summer 2017

Hold additional public field trips

Fall 2017

Release revised Proposed Action

Spring 2018

Release Draft Environmental Impact Statement; host public meetings.

Spring 2019

Release Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision; host public meetings.

Summer 2019

Objection Resolution Period

Summer/Fall 2019

Issue the Final Record of Decision

For more information, click here.

WWA's Travel Plan Goals

 

  • Protect the Shoshone’s vulnerable high alpine roadless areas from increased motorized development.

  • Hold the Forest Service accountable to maintaining and enforcing its existing designated route system before considering additional motorized routes.

WWA Photo

Example of motorized use continuing past end of route because there are no signs or barriers to indicate end. 

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