Six forest facts to celebrate 111 years of the Forest Service

(Wyoming)- On this day, in 1905, the management of the forest reserves was transferred from the Department of the Interior to the Department of Agriculture and Pinchot’s new Forest Service. Which makes today the Forest Services 111th Birthday. To celebrate the anniversary Reboot came up with some facts about our local forest, The Shoshone National Forrest: - The Shoshone is America's *first* national forest, set aside by President Benjamin Harrison in 1891 as part of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve - Total acres: 2,466,577 - Elevation range: 4,600 feet at the mouth of Clarks Fork Canyon, to 13,804 feet at Gannett Peak, Wyoming's highest point - Home to: Over 335 species of wildlife, including the largest population of bighorn sheep and one of the few remaining grizzly bear populations in the lower 48 states. - Wilderness: 1.4 million acres (56 percent of the Shoshone's acreage) in five designated wilderness areas - Absaroka-Beartooth, Fitzpatrick, North Absaroka, Popo Agie, and Washakie. - Some 4,900 miles of streams flow through the Shoshone, and 11,700 acres of lakes and some 51,000 acres of additional wetlands. #reboot #news