Public input process on dispersed camping in the Bighorns begins

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Last night, the first in a series of meetings about "dispersed camping" in the Bighorns took place at the Best Western Sheridan Center. At the meeting, Ten Sleep Canyon was labeled as a heavy traffic area for dispersed camping, and the Big Horn Mountain Coalition (BHMC) is hosting a survey to compile questions, comments and recommendations into a report to the US Forest Service, Wyoming Forestry Division, and the US Bureau of Land Management for their consideration in future planning activities. Dispersed camping is the term used for camping anywhere in the National Forest outside of a designated campground. "Dispersed camping is of importance to rock climbers because the majority of climbers that come to Ten Sleep Canyon are engaged in dispersed camping," Jody Sanborn of the Bighorn Climbers' Coalition said in an email to Dally. "Most of those folks are camping along the old highway that goes down Ten Sleep Canyon or West Ten Sleep Road." The camping in that area is free for up to 14 days, and allows climbers to be in close proximity to the rock climbing. "It is very important that we, as an organization, are able to work with land managers (USFS in this case) to identify ways to mitigate user impact associated with dispersed camping," Sanborn said. For more information about this public process, to take the survey or to learn about the Coalition, see Future meetings will be: March 9, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. – Buffalo, WY Johnson County Fairgrounds Activities Building March 16, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. – Basin, WY Big Horn County Fairgrounds Meeting Room March 17, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. – Worland, WY Worland Community Center Complex Conference Room *Feature photo: Ten Sleep Canyon, Bighorn Mountains. "We couldn't have asked for a more ideal early March weekend in Ten Sleep Canyon with temps in the high 60's. There were a lot of climbers out and about. Photo credit: Justin Case" h/t Bighorn Climbers' Coalition / Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news