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.
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!
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
Additional public meetings with new information
Hold additional public field trips
Release revised Proposed Action
Release Draft Environmental Impact Statement; host public meetings.
Release Final Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Record of Decision; host public meetings.
Objection Resolution Period
Issue the Final Record of Decision
For more information, click here.
Example of motorized use continuing past end of route because there are no signs or barriers to indicate end.