Welcome

The Medicine Bow National Forest is preparing to update its motorized travel management plan for the Pole Mountain unit in the Laramie Range between Laramie and Cheyenne.

In summer 2015, the Ruckelshaus Institute at the University of Wyoming created this website and hosted four public meetings to solicit comments about how members of the public travel and recreate at Pole Mountain.


Update

The Forest Service’s scoping document, proposal, and environmental assessment are now available on the  Pole Mountain Travel Management website.

The Forest Service is seeking input on the Pole Mountain Travel Management Project Environmental Assessment. Read a letter from District Ranger Frank Romero inviting comments. The Laramie Ranger District has scheduled two open houses for the public to meet USFS staff and discuss the four alternatives described in the environmental assessment:

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2016 in Laramie
6-8 p.m. at the Lincoln Community Center, 365 W Grand Ave

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016 in Cheyenne
6-8 p.m. at the Laramie County Community College Health Sciences Building, Room 111/113, 1400 E College Dr

USFS personnel will be on hand to answer questions.


Thank you to everyone who shared input about the Pole Mountain road system!

In summer 2015, we received more than 300 written comments via mapping exercises at the public meetings, an online interactive map, an online comment form, social media, and email. Most of the comments identified areas where one of the following actions is needed:

  • Keep a specific road or spur open to motorized access
  • Close a specific road or spur to motorized access
  • Create designated parking
  • Find a management solution to address significant resource damage

Many of the comments were very helpful recommendations about specific locations. All the information will be valuable to the Forest Service in their upcoming planning process.

Project Goals

Proposals for future motorized travel management on Pole Mountain will be based on information gathered from the public this summer along with a Forest Service assessment of the area. Proposed actions will be available for public review. The goals of the project are to:

  • Engage Pole Mountain users in motorized recreation and access management planning
  • Provide safe motorized recreation and access in the National Forest
  • Address increasing demand for a wide variety of recreational opportunities
  • Minimize user conflicts
  • Minimize travel and recreation impacts to natural resources such as drinking water supplies and wildlife
  • Create a road and trail system the Forest Service has the capacity to sustainably maintain

View the Pole Mountain roads video highlights for more information.

Project Timeline