America’s first national forest, the Shoshone, covers more than 2.5 million acres on the eastern side of Yellowstone National Park. It has some of the finest wild lands and wildlife habitat in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The adoption of a new management plan today by the Shoshone National Forest goes a long way in protecting its unique and wild characteristics.
After years of hard work and the continued and loyal support from our members, supporters, and advocates, there is now a new forest management plan that puts over 900,000 acres off limits to oil and gas development, protects critical backcountry areas from motorized use, and preserves many special places from increased recreational impacts.
This is extremely important because the Shoshone National Forest is home to the highest density of grizzly bears, healthiest bighorn sheep herds, and some of the most intact cutthroat trout fisheries in the entire region. It includes three mountain ranges, hundreds of alpine lakes, rushing streams, backcountry trails, scenic roads, a plethora of wildlife, and diverse recreation opportunities.
Now, the wild integrity of cherished backcountry landscapes such as the DuNoir, Francs Peak and Wood River are preserved; areas of high importance to wildlife such as grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, elk, and mule deer. More importantly, the plan will protect vast areas of pristine lands and habitat for wildlife including summer to winter ranges for migrating wildlife and the exclusive moth feeding sites for grizzly bears.
The Greater Yellowstone Coalition applauds everyone who participated in this public process. We couldn’t do it without the support and voices of our nationwide membership.
As one of five national forests in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, what we do in the Shoshone plays a very important role in how we protect other lands, waters, and wildlife throughout the region. The adoption of this management plan helps maintain the unique and wild character of our nation’s first national forest and the future of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
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