Dispersed Camping Task Force Comment Opportunity

In March of 2016, the Big Horn Mountain Coalition initiated a public discussion of dispersed camping in the Bighorn Mountains. This discussion took the form of public meetings held in each of the four counties (Big Horn, Johnson, Sheridan, and Washakie) as well as an online survey.

This process led to the formulation of the Dispersed Camping Task Force, a group comprised of representatives from each of the four counties, in February 2019.  The Task Force’s primary objective is to define key issues that are a result of current dispersed camping management on the forest and to identify feasible solutions.  This process establishes a new framework for public participation in public lands planning and promotes an understanding of different views of dispersed camping.  It is a collaboration among members of the public and public lands officials in developing solutions.

The key issues identified by the task force are:

  • Camping opportunities
  • Enforcement of current regulations
  • Funding for enforcement, education, and restoration
  • Impacts to resources
  • Education

A final report will be provided to the Bighorn National Forest and the public in the fall of 2019 outlining proposed solutions to the identified issues.  The public will be invited to comment on the report.  In early winter, Bighorn National Forest managers will consider the recommendations and public input to prepare action items.

To make a comment go to Comments-Bighorn@fs.fed.us use “DISPERSED CAMPING Attn: Dave McKee” in the subject line.

Comments will be accepted through September 30, 2019.