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Private pesticide applicator programs in Crook, Weston Counties rescheduled for March

The University of Wyoming Extension’s private pesticide applicator education programs in Crook and Weston Counties have been rescheduled for Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2. Times and locations are listed below. Crook County: March 2,...

 

Comments sought for fuel reduction project

The Black Hills National Forest is proposing to reduce fire hazard on seven isolated parcels of National Forest System (NFS) lands adjacent to the Bear Lodge Mountains in Crook County. High fuel loading on these lands poses a risk to surrounding...

 

Unseasonable view

An unseasonal view of the Tower demonstrates just how little snow has fallen in the area so far this winter. Heading into February, very little precipitation has pushed the county back into drought...

 

County criticizes national effort to manage old-growth forests

Crook County is calling for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to rethink its plans to amend every national forest land management in the nation to create one overall strategy for managing old-growth forests. In a comment letter signed by the county comm...

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-yr Median SWE Last Year’s SWE Current Percent of 30-Year Median SWE Bear Lodge Divide 4680 1.0 0.2 1.8 3.4 11 Blind Park Snotel 6870 11.0 2.1 4.7 5.3 45 Cole...

 

Wyoming's deer factory - the Black Hills - is emptier than ever

DEVILS TOWER-When the cyclic population of deer near Ogden Driskill's Crook County ranch peaks, sometimes he'll count as many as 800 whitetails grazing away in a single meadow. That circle-shaped pasture draws in the deer because of its irrigated,...

 

UW Extension to offer private pesticide applicator programming in northeast Wyoming

The University of Wyoming Extension will offer eight private pesticide applicator education programs at various locations in northeast Wyoming Jan. 25 through March 14, 2024. Private applicator...

 

Winter finally shows up

Devils Tower with a blanket of snow on Monday. More snow pictures page 12....

 

Black Hills Snow Course Readings

Site Name Elevation (ft.) Current Snow Depth (in.) Current Snow Water Equivalent (in.) 30-year Median SWE Last Year's SWE Current Percent of 30-year Median SWE Blind Park Snotel 6870 8 1.3 3.2 * 41...

 

National Monument announces addition to leadership team 

Devils Tower National Monument is pleased to announce an addition to the leadership team with the selection of John Hinrichs as the new Facility Manager.  Superintendent Doug Crossen said, "We are...

 

Winter Weather

A WYDOT plaw heads down Main Street. Hulett was turned into a winter wonderland with this week's storm....

 

Wyoming State Parks launches new booking website

Wyoming State Parks has announced the launch of a new reservation and permit sales system that it says will offer a more streamlined experience for recreationists looking to enjoy the state’s outdoor opportunities. The new website allows you to...

 

Seasonal closures now in effect

Seasonal gates and recreation sites that are not open through the winter on the Black Hills National Forest were closed on Friday, December 15.  Gates are closed to provide seasonal refuge for wildlife, protect natural resources and provide for...

 

Feds look to regulate public climbing opportunities

To guide how climbing opportunities are managed in national forests, grasslands and parks, public input is requested on new guidance for U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and National Park Service (NPS) personnel. The public comment period is open until...

 

Christmas tree permits now available

This is the time of year to celebrate old and new traditions with family and friends, like venturing into your favorite national forest to harvest your own Christmas tree. Black Hills National Forest Christmas tree permits are now available for...

 

Turkey trot

If you live in Hulett or have driven through the town lately you will surely have seen the nearly 100 turkeys that have taken up residency in the town. Hulett has always had a couple of flocks that...

 

Winter comes for a visit

Old Man Winter paid a visit to the Hulett area last Friday with the first significant snowfall of the season. About an inch and a half of snow accumulated with temperatures dipping to single digits...

 

Fall beauty

There is still time to enjoy the fall colors in the area. Whether you're traveling from Hulett to Belle Fourche or up Spearfish Canyon, the colors are exquisite this year. The contrast of the fall...

 

Forest Service collecting traffic survey data

Individuals wearing orange vests will be out and about in the Black Hills National Forest over the next year collecting input on traffic within the forest. Contract employees will be stationed in developed and dispersed recreation sites and along...

 

Veto override fails on bat endangered species listing

U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis and all members of the Senate Western Caucus on which she serves as chairman, as well as U.S. Senator John Barrasso, voted to override President Joe Biden’s veto of the resolution that questioned the listing of the...

 

Hunting season promises mixed results

Hunting seasons this fall may be negatively affected by poor deer numbers, according to Sundance Game Warden Nate Holst, but elk and turkeys are doing just fine and should make for plentiful harvest opportunities. Deer The deer population in this...

 

Don't forget mosquito protection to prevent West Nile virus

With human cases in nearby states and a higher-than-usual number of mosquito pools within Wyoming testing positive for West Nile virus, the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) wants people to remember to protect themselves from mosquito bites....

 

BLM enters scoping period for land use plans

The Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday opened a 45-day public scoping period to gather comments to inform an environmental impact statement for planned revisions to the resource management plans for the Newcastle Field Office and Nebraska planning...

 

Bat Festival coming to Devils Tower

On Sat., July 22, the National Park Service and Devils Tower Natural History Association will host the Annual Bat Festival in the picnic area of the monument from 12 to 10 p.m. This festival will include presentations and fun educational activities...

 

Celebrate National Forest Week

Celebrate National Forest Week (NFW), July 10 – 16, 2023 on the Black Hills National Forest. NFW highlights the incredible 193-million-acre National Forest System across the country and all the benefits it provides to the public. Several free...

 

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