OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Shoshone National Forest is the oldest national forest in the country and for the past several years officials and the public have been engaged in updating the management plan for the Forest. In his comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Governor Matt Mead noted that the new Land Management Plan will guide the Forest for the next 15 years. Governor Mead wrote, “A balanced plan, one that respects multiple use and sustained yield principles, is essential in providing diverse opportunities.”
Governor Mead said he generally supports the management alternative which does not expand designated wilderness areas. Currently, 84% of the Forest’s 2.4 million acres already have some sort of management limitation because they are either wilderness or roadless areas.
“For the remaining portion of the Shoshone, I believe the Forest Service has a good option before it. This plan continues management practices that are working and is responsive to the public,” Governor Mead said.
Governor Mead’s suggestions to the Forest Service include:
-- Address alternative timber product industries to deal with the sweeping effects of insect infestations.
-- Work with the Wyoming State Trails Program to develop a map for snowmobilers to understand what areas they can use to minimize conflicts with other forest users.
-- Do not limit group sizes for non-motorized users, which includes the National Outdoor Leadership School.
-- Reassess the economic analysis for livestock grazing used in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.
-- Develop a no surface occupancy stipulation for oil and gas development in certain areas (refer to the attached maps in Governor Mead's letter to Forest Supervisor Joe Alexander).