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Temporary closures to protect nesting falcons and climbers

Rock climbing routes on the southwest face and the southwest edges of Devils Tower summit will be temporarily closed effective immediately to protect nesting Peregrine and Prairie Falcons. The...

 

Love is in the air...

The first signs of spring are bringing romance back, as was made apparent by these demonstrative fellows early on Tuesday morning as they strutted their stuff near town hall in preparation for...

 

Angler discovers rare winter algae bloom

GILLETTE — Paul Langevin first noticed the unusual substance beneath the ice on Keyhole Reservoir in December. As he’s done for decades, Langevin headed out on the frozen lake to bore a hole and drop a line. But when he broke through the thick...

 

The Forestry Corner

We all have seen aspen, growing on a hillside, with their lighter shade of green than the surrounding pine. Perhaps in autumn when patches of gold show up on a hillside and we say, “The aspen are changing color.” But have you noticed an aspen...

 

Keeping safe on Keyhole Reservoir

For ice fishermen and other winter enthusiasts wanting to visit Keyhole State Park this month, park supervisor Wade Henderson reports that, “The ice is anywhere between six and nine inches,...

 

The Forestry Corner

Welcome to the inaugural publication of The Forestry Corner. This monthly column is jointly produced by the Wyoming State Forestry Division and the Wyoming Tree Farm Committee, a landowner advocacy group, associated with the American Forest...

 

Cattlewomen signs promote beef in Crook County

Sheyanne Fosheim and Jaycee Garman with one of the Crook County Cattlewomen beef promotion signs. If you have seen some of these new signs around Crook County, they are brought to you by the...

 

Project to improve accessibility at Devils Tower

Work resumes this week on a project to improve accessibility at Devils Tower. Superintendent Amnesty Kochanowski said, “We want all people to be able to experience the nation’s first national...

 

Peregrine falcons have successful nesting season

Park staff have observed that three peregrine falcon chicks have fledged from their nest on Devils Tower. The confirmation of chicks leaving the nest means that all rock climbing routes have reopened...

 

Cyanobacteria bloom confirmed at Keyhole

The Wyoming Department of Health has issued a recreational use advisory for Keyhole Reservoir due to a harmful cyanobacterial bloom (HCB). On August 10, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality received a report from Keyhole State Park of dog...

 

Keyhole Reservoir under investigation for cyanobacterial bloom

A concerned visitor alerted Wyoming State Parks that their pets became ill after a recent visit to Keyhole State Park. Out of an abundance of caution, park staff posted warning signs and contacted...

 

Driskill honored with conservation award

The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust (WSGLT) has announced that Ogden Driskill will be the recipient of the 2020 Kurt Bucholz Conservation Award. Driskill is being recognized for his exceptional support of agricultural land conservation, private...

 

MRC 2020 Youth Rodeo Results

0-6 Barrels: Kase Lambert - 20.198 Jax Franzen - 20.799 Gavin Gorzalka - 22.506 Lila LaDuke - 24.518 Jentry Harrington - 24.845 0-6 Poles: Gavin Gorzalka - 21.28 Morgan Tysdal - 23.03 Tynlee Thomas - 23.40 Hartley Steele - 23.50 Mesa Dell - 24.03 Jen...

 

Keyhole campsites booked to capacity

Park superintendent Wade Henderson reports a full house at the various campsites around the lake every weekend this season, even with the need to make reservations to stay. “The Tree house and...

 

DEQ: Avoid and report possible harmful cyanobacterial blooms in Wyoming waters

With summer nearly upon us and more people heading to Wyoming’s lakes and reservoirs to recreate, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) and the Wyoming Livestock Board (WLB) want to remind...

 

State Parks see record number of visitors in April and May

Despite the negative impact on the economy nationwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic, outdoor recreation in Wyoming, and specifically the State Parks, have proven to be not only popular destinations, but also a major economic contributor to the...

 

Changing of the guard

After a 31-year career with the state of Wyoming, 24 of which were spent serving the Moorcroft community, game warden John Davis has retired. Davis grew up in the Moorcroft area and then attended...

 
 By Sara Fleenor    Outdoors    June 11, 2020

Northeast 307 Livestock Show Clinic teaches youth about showing animals

In one of the first in-person Crook County 4-H events held since the Covid-19 pandemic, the Northeast 307 Livestock Show Clinic offered youth a chance to interact with each other while learning...

 

June 6 is Free Fishing Day

It’s hardly a secret that Wyoming fishing is top-notch, especially with ten blue-ribbon trout fisheries across the state. But, the first Saturday in June the fishing gets a little better — because it’s free.  On June 6, the Wyoming Game and...

 

Cook Lake will open for day use

Despite delays to the project to replace the spillway, which will require the campground to stay closed this year, Cook Lake should be open for day use by the middle of June, says District Ranger Mike Gosse. The Forest Service has been able to...

 

Moorcroft woman boycotting state parks to protest new camping reservation requirement

GILLETTE — A new requirement by the Wyoming Division of State Parks and Historic Sites has upset many campers around the state. Moorcroft resident Jordan Webb describes herself as a “super avid camper.” She and her family camp all summer long,...

 

Phased reopening of Devils Tower begins

Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health authorities, Devils Tower National Monument will resume recreational access to some park facilities. The National Park...

 

4-H doesn't stop for a global pandemic

Livestock projects, quilting class, livestock judging practice, cake decorating are all activities in a normal 4-H members schedule, and through the power of technology, that has remained a constant...

 

Rare disease outbreak in pronghorn near Gillette

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in collaboration with the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory, is investigating a rare disease outbreak in pronghorn in northeast Wyoming. More than 50 animals...

 

Gone fishing

Saturday morning showed up bright and beautiful with temperatures in the mid 40s and a couple feet of ice on Keyhole Reservoir, a perfect start to the fourth annual Family Fishing day. Set up began...

 

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