Wyoming Forest Gateway Communities

Trail Maintenance Priority Area #6

 

TRAIL MILES

977

FORESTS INVOLVED

  • Bighorn National Forest, Wyoming
  • Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland, Wyoming
  • Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming
  • Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyoming

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Big impacts to trails close to forest gateway communities are planned for this priority area across the state of Wyoming. National forests in Wyoming are partnering with communities to accomplish shared forest and community trail management and maintenance priorities.

As success builds in four initial pilot areas on trails near communities in the Gilead, Pole Mountain, and Wind River Range areas, the program will expand across Wyoming to address shared forest and community trail maintenance priorities on 977 miles of trail.

Tree mortality from bark beetle infestations and wildfire and resulting erosion have created safety concerns and blocked trails in many key public access locations, generating a substantial backlog of trail maintenance needs. The Bighorn, Medicine Bow-Routt, Shoshone, and Bridger-Teton National Forests, along with the Thunder Basin National Grassland are working with communities and a network of partners are to identify, recruit, train, and mobilize volunteers. Volunteers and partners are being trained to conduct trail condition surveys, leverage outside funding, and accomplish needed trail maintenance and improvement priorities.

Download a map of the trail maintenance priority area (PDF)

Examples of Trail Maintenance Needs

  • Remove hazard trees and logs over the trail
  • Repair and replace drainage structures
  • Complete trail reconstruction and reroutes
  • Restore and replace trail reassurance markers
  • Restore and replace interpretive signing
  • Redesign and reprint trail maps

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Our Partners

Partners supporting this priority area include: 

  • Wyoming Office of the Governor
  • Wyoming State Parks, Historic Site, & Trails
  • Wyoming Pathways
  • Wyoming Outfitter and Guide Association
  • Wyoming Wilderness Association (WWA)
  • Backcountry Horsemen
  • HF Bar Ranch
  • Paradise Ranch
  • Laramie Bikenet
  • Medicine Bow Nordic Association
  • Overland Mountain Bike Club (IMBA Chapter)
  • Wyoming Conservation Corp
  • University of Wyoming
  • Continental Divide Trail Coalition
  • Sublette County Board of Commissioners
  • Sublette County Chamber of Commerce
  • Town of Marbleton
  • Sweetwater Snowpokes
  • Snow Explorers/Altitude Off-Road, Inc.
  • Friends of Pathways
  • PAWS of Jackson Hole
  • Dirt bikers Investing in Riding Dirt (DIRT)
  • Teton Trail Runners
  • Wilderness Adventures
  • Wyoming Chapter Sierra Club
  • City Kids
  • Jackson hole Wildlife Foundation
  • Sublette and Lincoln County Historical Societies
  • Red Top Meadows
  • Lander/Dubois Non-Motorized Trails Collaborative
  • NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School)
  • Sierra Club of Wyoming
  • Wyoming Pathways
  • Lander Cycling Club
  • Central Wyoming Climber’s Alliance
  • Lander Nordic Ski Association
  • Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC)
  • Montana Conservation Corps (MCC)
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC)
  • Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)
  • Outfitters & Guides
  • local community businesses

Learn More & Get involved!

To know more about trail maintenance efforts in this priority area, contact:

Joe McFarlane, Forest Recreation Manager
Email: joseph.mcfarlane@usda.gov
Phone: (801) 557-8686

https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/trails/priority-areas/wyoming