Forest Recreation Projects Available for Public Comment

Jackson, Wyo. – The Bridger-Teton National Forest is planning several recreation-related projects this summer and is inviting input from those interested in learning more about the projects or offering comment.

Project #1: Campground closures. The Red Hills Campground along the Gros Ventre River on the Jackson Ranger District is proposed to be closed along with the Angles and Box Creek campgrounds on the Buffalo Ranger District. The project would include removing the facilities and restoring the impacted area. At these campgrounds, existing facilities are falling apart or facilities that typically are available at campgrounds don’t exist. Rather than invest limited funds to improve these low use sites, the strategy is to invest in nearby campgrounds that offer more amenities and can provide higher quality public service.

Project #2: Snake River Boat Ramps. This project would involve substantial repair to the West Table and Sheep Gulch boat ramps which have been under-cut by high water since they were first installed in the 1980s and are in danger of failing if not repaired. A permanent boat ramp would also be installed at the Pritchard access to replace a temporary ramp. These projects are necessary to accommodate the high level of river use occurring on the Snake River while protecting riverbank resource conditions. Work would occur in the fall of 2014.
Project #3: Proposed Area Closure for Discharging Firearms - Swinging Bridge. A new Forest Special Order is proposed that would prohibit the discharge of firearms on a small section of National Forest in the Swinging Bridge area. Numerous problems related to target shooting have occurred in this location related to public safety and destruction of property and resources. Education and enforcement of existing regulations has not been effective at curtailing the problems. The new Forest Special Order would not affect hunting.

Project #4: Two Proposed Trail Projects. A proposed motorized trail project is located in the Bacon Creek area (upper Gros Ventre drainage) and would involve replacing a bridge, converting a section of road into a motorized 50” trail and reconstructing the trail. The project is intended to repair a non-functional hazardous bridge, repair resource damage and improve motorized trail opportunities. A proposed mountain bike trail project would occur on the Parallel trail located just below the Highway 22 in the Teton Pass area. The repair would involve creating a sustainable switchback trail to replace a section where multiple trails have developed. The work would be done with a small trail machine.

Project #5: Proposed issuance of permits to conduct guided ATV service. The proposed guided service would be limited to existing designated motorized trails shown on the motor vehicle use map in the Shadow Mountain and Gros Ventre drainages. No more than two permits would be issued. The operating season would be limited to the summer months and the number of service days would be limited. The project is intended to fulfill a documented public need, expand summer visitor opportunities, improve public safety, foster small business, and help the Forest Service meet travel management implementation goals.

For additional information on these proposed projects, please contact the Jackson Ranger District at 307-739-5400.