Bridger-Teton National Forest Hosts Planning Workshop for Wild & Scenic Rivers

Release Date: Mar 9, 2012  

Jackson, Wyo. —The Bridger-Teton National Forest invites interested members of the public to its Wild and Scenic Snake River Headwaters planning workshop on Friday, March 16th, from 10:00 – 2:00pm at the 4-H Extension Office Building on Delaney Street in Jackson, Wyoming.

The 2009 Craig Thomas Snake River Headwaters Legacy Act requires that the Forest Service establish management protections for the water quality, free-flow and ‘outstandingly remarkable’ values of approximately 300-river miles in the upper Snake River drainage. This includes reviewing the current Bridger-Teton Forest Plan and proposing any updates or changes to meet that challenge.

The workshop will be organized with a morning overview of the elements of the current Forest Plan and proposed new management categories. In the afternoon, resource area specialists will break participants into groups to assess their draft revisions of prescriptions, guidelines and standards.

Monitoring helps the Bridger-Teton National Forest determine if it is meeting its management goals, and if existing and emerging issues are being adequately addressed. The Forest Plan Amendment will include additional monitoring proposals as well. These are described using a list of resource indicators, and coupling those with statements regarding measurable thresholds. Workshop participants will be asked to help develop these threshold amounts for upcoming analysis.

Information regarding the Bridger-Teton’s ongoing effort in developing its Comprehensive River Management Plan for the Wild and Scenic Snake River Headwaters can be found at , or contact sid woods at 307-886-1274 ( ).