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  • Lander-based outdoor school NOLS sheds jobs, announces closures

    Katie Klingsporn, via WyoFile|Apr 4, 2024

    Just four years after the COVID-19 pandemic upended operations at the National Outdoor Leadership School, the nonprofit wilderness school and staple of Wyoming’s outdoor landscape has announced plans to shed jobs and close satellite facilities. NOLS, a global operation and major Fremont County employer with headquarters in Lander, will eliminate 60 jobs as well as suspend operations at three of its campuses come fall. The bulk of the layoffs, 42, will directly impact staff; the remaining 18 p...

  • Advocates hope to clear confusion around outdoor recreation funding bill

    Katie Klingsporn|Mar 7, 2024

    An outdoor recreation funding bill sailed out of a Senate committee Tuesday after lawmakers and residents heaped praise on it. High school students, however, testified that several senators appeared initially confused about the bill — and they hope those lawmakers get up to speed before the full body considers it on the Senate floor. That task of educating senators could be the biggest hurdle remaining for House Bill 67 – Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Trust Fund Administration-2. The bill wou...

  • Outdoor recreation funding bill lives on in the House

    Katie Klingsporn|Feb 22, 2024

    After failing introduction in the Senate, a mirror bill advancing in the House is keeping alive the discussion of how the newly created Wyoming outdoor recreation and tourism trust fund allocates grants to state projects. House Bill 67 – Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Trust Fund Administration-2, would establish a nine-person board as well as rules for allocating grants from the trust fund that Gov. Mark Gordon signed into law in 2023. The Senate version, SF 40, was sponsored by the Legislature...

  • Spending time outdoors could get more expensive in parts of Wyoming

    Katie Klingsporn|Aug 31, 2023

    More public land agencies are proposing fee increases in Wyoming as campers, hikers and backpackers continue to pour into the state’s mountains and backcountry areas. While Grand Teton National Park is seeking public input on a proposed rate hike for backcountry camping permits, the Shoshone National Forest is accepting comments on a range of increases — including new fees at sites that were previously free. The Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland are also proposing rate hikes for campgrounds and day...

  • BLM releases long-awaited management plan for Red Desert region

    Katie Klingsporn|Aug 24, 2023

    The Bureau of Land Management on Thursday released a long-awaited draft plan that will steer the management of some 3.6 million acres of public lands and 3.7 million acres of federal mineral estate in southwestern Wyoming, including the vast Red Desert, the prized hunting grounds of the Greater Little Mountain Area and several ungulate migration corridors. While Gov. Mark Gordon expressed disapproval of the plan’s “preferred alternative,” conservation groups cheered the publication of a docum...