Bighorn National Forest: Be kind to the roads and trails this spring

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The Forest Service is asking motor vehicle users to be kind to the roads and trails this spring. Motorized travel in the Bighorn National Forest is allowed only on signed, designated routes and is allowed within 300 feet from the centerline of most motorized routes for the purposes of camping, game retrieval, and firewood gathering when not causing damage to natural resources. The Bighorn has over 180 miles of motorized trails and over 900 miles of roads. A Bighorn National Forest motor vehicle use map is the best way to know if you’re on a legal route. The free map is available online at or from local ranger district offices. Violators can be subject to a fine of up to $5,000, imprisonment up to six months, or both. Damage to vegetation and wet soils can take decades to recover. Springtime is when roads and trails are most vulnerable because wet conditions make it easier to damage soils. Travel routes will open as soon as is safely possible, depending on snowmelt and weather conditions. It is illegal to drive off road to avoid a snowdrift, mud hole, or down trees. The best choice is to wait until the route dries out. A georeferenced motor vehicle use map is a free download for your mobile device. See the maps web page for more information about mobile maps. For more information about forest conditions, contact the Powder River Ranger District in Buffalo at 307.684.7806, the Medicine Wheel Ranger District in Greybull at 307.765.4435, or the Tongue Ranger District in Sheridan at 307.674.2600. #dally #news