Pole Mountain Gateways meetings to begin; virtual information session set for January 28

Media Contact: Mary Grace Bedwell, 307-274-1751

(LARAMIE, Wyo.)  January 22, 2021 – In partnership with the University of Wyoming Ruckelshaus Institute, the USDA Forest Service is pleased to host the Pole Mountain Gateways Informational Webinar on Thursday, Jan. 28. This meeting is the first in a series of several virtual events that will gather public input on the Pole Mountain Unit of the Medicine Bow National Forest in advance of a broad-scale Forest Service planning project for non-motorized recreation.

This Informational Webinar will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the project and ask questions. Interested members of the public are asked to register in advance using an online form.

Trails, facilities, parking, signage, and other aspects of non-motorized recreation will all be reviewed by the future analysis. Attendees are encouraged to come to the webinar with these driving questions in mind: What do you want Pole Mountain to look like in 10, 20, and/or 50 years? What issues and opportunities exist for the area?

An interactive data collection website is also available in preparation for the large-scale analysis referred to as the Pole Mountain Gateways project. Data has been collected online over the past year, and users are still encouraged to give input on many aspects of non-motorized recreation as the project advances into the spring. This website also hosts a digital storytelling gallery, where key stakeholders share audio-visual narratives of their experiences and values surrounding recreation and non-motorized trails use in the Pole Mountain Unit. Website visitors can view audio-visual narratives and share their own experiences and values via this portal.

A Facebook group has been created to provide information on the pre-project analysis and information-gathering effort. To join the Facebook group, click here.

For details on the Pole Mountain area, contact the Laramie Ranger District at (307) 745-2300. Additional information may be found on our website or you can follow the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.