Cram Says Roadless Collaborative is Comprehensive Group

The 18-member Bighorn Forest Roadless Collaborative that meets Wednesday includes most, if not all, of the major groups that use or are involved with the national forest, according to Sheridan County Commissioner Terry Cram.

Cram is the Sheridan County commissioners' representative on the board, and he's among those who will attend the meeting. He talked about the scope of the collaborative's membership in a recent interview.

Cram said the collaborative isn't shutting down or opening new roads but did work to reconcile the 2001 roadless rule with the 2005 Bighorn National Forest plan. Among recommendations by the group is that the boundaries of roadless areas in the Bighorn National Forest should be redrawn in accordance with the boundaries set forth in the 2005 forest plan, with one exception. That's the Schoolhouse Park/Soldier Park area west of Highway 16.

The group also recommended that exceptions can be made to allow road construction and reconstruction or timber harvest within inventoried roadless areas where needed to protect wildland urban interface – such as outbuildings, cow camps, resorts and cabins – and to protect municipal watersheds.

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