Alternative Development Underway for West Side Snowy Range Travel Project

US Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service (USFS) officials have begun to develop alternative actions for the West Side Snowy Range Travel Management project, which is the next step in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

Alternatives will be derived from the initial USFS proposed action and more than 250 public comments that were received regarding the proposal.

Those alternatives will be analyzed in an Environmental Assessment that will be released later this summer. Additional public comments will be solicited at that time. This comment period was added by Brush Creek/Hayden District Ranger Melanie Fullman in response to broad public interest in the large-scale travel project.

Ranger Fullman continues to meet with individuals and groups about the project, and is trying to find ways to accommodate offers of assistance from the public.

“It is important that we find appropriate, long-term solutions to the issues at hand with this project,” stated Fullman. “First we need to come to some conclusions regarding the future of our road and trail system. After those decisions have been made, then we can look into collaborative ways to implement maintenance of that system.

“We received substantive and specific input from the public during the recent comment periods. They addressed access needs, as well as resource concerns on the Forest and we are hopeful for this type of public participation throughout the remainder of this process.”

In line with national travel management direction, the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District (BCH) began analyzing the existing road/trail system for 210,000 acres on the west side of the Snowy Range, Medicine Bow National Forest, in 2013.

Ultimately the process is meant to produce a safe, sustainable motorized road and trail system that will meet public/management needs, while maintaining viable natural resources.

Details about the project can be found at www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=40299.

Ranger Fullman is available to answer questions or discuss the project at the District office number, (307) 326-5258, or via email, mfullman@fs.fed.us. Interested parties can also stop by the BCH District office at 2171 S. Highway 130 in Saratoga between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri.

Those in the Laramie area can contact Monique Nelson, Environmental Coordinator, at (307) 745-2310, moniquelnelson@fs.fed.us, or stop by the Laramie District Office at 2468 Jackson St. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri.