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County slips back into drought

Crook County has once again slipped into drought conditions due to an ongoing “snow drought”. The latest data from the National Integrated Drought Information System shows that, during the last month, 95% of the county has entered a state of...

 

Comments sought for fuel reduction project

The Black Hills National Forest is proposing to reduce fire hazard on seven isolated parcels of National Forest System (NFS) lands adjacent to the Bear Lodge Mountains in Crook County. High fuel loading on these lands poses a risk to surrounding...

 

Herding elk: Drone use takes off in Wyoming wildlife management

WYOMING RANGE FOOTHILLS-From its mobile perch high in the sky, the infrared camera didn't detect so much as a jackrabbit. Jared Rogerson, a Wyoming Game and Fish Department wildlife disease... Full story

 

Concern over old-growth forest plan

Crook County is calling for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to rethink its plans to amend every national forest land management in the nation to create one overall strategy for managing old-growth forests. In a comment letter signed by the county comm...

 

Escaped burn pile leads to 42-acre fire

The first significant fire of the year burned an area 42 acres in size on Monday afternoon. According to Fire Warden Charlie Harrison, a three-week-old burn pile on private land a mile to the west of...

 

Weed & Pest starts planning for grasshoppers

Crook County Weed & Pest asks for members of the community who would be interested in a grasshopper program this year to attend a meeting later this month. To be held on February 19 at 6 p.m. and February 20 at 9 a.m. in the courthouse basement, the...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-yr Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 1.0 0.2 1.8 3.4 11 Blind Park Snotel 6870 11.0 2.1 4.7 5.3 45 Cole...

 

No-mobiling

The Bear Lodge trail system sits unusable Tuesday as the area continues to experience unseasonably warm and dry conditions. Grooming, which is usually in full swing by the end of December, has not...

 

Wyoming's latest coyote-killing plan results from brutal 2022-'23 winter

Last winter killed most of western Wyoming's mule deer.  That prompted calls to kill predators, and wildlife managers listened – even though there was little scientific support to prove it would...

 

Baby it's cold outside

Over a weekend of life-threatening cold that saw weather warnings issued across most of the lower 48, local records were broken as the temperature kept right on dropping. The bitter temperatures were...

 

County weighs in on BLM plan

The county commissioners convened in a special meeting on Tuesday morning to approve a letter of comment on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Rock Springs Resource Management Plan and Environmental...

 

UW Extension to offer private pesticide applicator programming in northeast Wyoming

The University of Wyoming Extension will offer eight private pesticide applicator education programs at various locations in northeast Wyoming Jan. 25 through March 14, 2024. Private applicator...

 

In with a bite

Winter took its time coming this year, but the snow made itself felt as the week began, ushering in frigid temps that promise to continue for the next few days....

 

Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites hosts record First Day Hikes

On New Year's Day, Wyoming State Parks and Historic Sites hosted a record number of participants during their annual First Day Hikes with 1132 attendees hiking more than 2000 miles. This reflects a 20...

 

Horn Night

Sundance Rod and Gun Club recently held their annual Horn Night. In the youth category, the Best Elk was Cash Peterson, Best Deer was Silas Speidel, Best Turkey was Brady Bock, Best Antelope was...

 

Wyoming State Parks launches new booking website

Wyoming State Parks has announced the launch of a new reservation and permit sales system that it says will offer a more streamlined experience for recreationists looking to enjoy the state’s outdoor opportunities. The new website allows you to...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-year Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-year Median SWE Blind Park Snotel 6870 8 1.3 3.2 * 41 Cole Canyon Snotel 5870 5 1.3 2.5 * 52 Ditch...

 

No mussels found in state waters

Wyoming Game & Fish announced this week that, despite breaking records for high-risk watercraft inspections this year, the state’s waters appear to still be free from invasive mussels. According to the announcement, the department inspected over...

 

Seasonal closures now in effect

Seasonal gates and recreation sites that are not open through the winter on the Black Hills National Forest were closed on Friday, December 15.  Gates are closed to provide seasonal refuge for wildlife, protect natural resources and provide for...

 

Forest Service completes assessments for revised forest plan

The assessment phase is now complete for the Black Hills National Forest Plan Revision process and a total of 20 revised, forest-wide resource assessments have been released. The 20 assessments evaluate existing information about current and relevant...

 

Feds look to regulate public climbing opportunities

To guide how climbing opportunities are managed in national forests, grasslands and parks, public input is requested on new guidance for U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and National Park Service (NPS) personnel. The public comment period is open until...

 

Catch me if you can

The most popular creature in town this week makes a break for the safety of the trees. Happy Thanksgiving!...

 

Christmas tree permits now available

This is the time of year to celebrate old and new traditions with family and friends, like venturing into your favorite national forest to harvest your own Christmas tree. Black Hills National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available for...

 

BLM to burn slash piles in Crook and Weston counties  

The Bureau of Land Management Newcastle Field Office plans to burn slash piles this winter on BLM-administered lands in Crook and Weston counties. Burning may continue as conditions permit through April 2024.    All prescribed burn projects are...

 

Shawn Cochran named Forest Supervisor

Regional Forester Frank Beum has selected Shawn Cochran as the new permanent Forest Supervisor for Black Hills National Forest. Cochran has served the last five years as Forest Supervisor on the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. He...

 

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