USFS Seeks Public Input On Scenic Byway Planning

USFS Seeks Public Input On Scenic Byway Planning

The Bighorn National Forest will be hosting the first in a series of public meetings this Thursday, September 26th at the Johnson County Library from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

The meetings are being organized to collect information for an interpretive plans for U.S. Highway 16:the Cloud Peak Skyway; U.S. Highway 14: the Big Horn Scenic Byway; and U.S. Highway 14A: the Medicine Wheel Passage.

Buffalo's meeting is the first of such meetings that will happen through October.

Project Leader Ruth Beckwith said in a news release that “National Forest scenic byways connect the American People to some of the most spectacular landscapes. They are the gateways to the national forest. They are what connect the communities to the mountain.”

The goal of the project is to tell the stories of local people, past and present, and their ties to the mountain.
The interpretive plans will consist of photos, documents, and oral histories that will be used to develop interpretive materials such as signs along the byways that will contain information on the history and culture of the area surrounding the Bighorns to help people understand the cultural and natural features of the area.

“Enriching travelers' experiences lends support to recreation and tourism in local communities,” said Beckwith.

Information she is looking for includes area ranches, logging, CCC camps, cemeteries, early trails, and anything relating to the heritage of the people who have lived in, traveled through, or worked in the Bighorn Mountains.

More public meetings will be held in Greybull, Lovell, Sheridan, and Worland.

For more information on the meetings or the byway plans, contact Ruth Beckwith at 674-2639 or rbeckwith@fs.fed.us

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