Volunteers wanted for rapid campsite assessments


SHERIDAN — With every action is a consequence, and the U.S. Forest Service and other partner agencies know that well. To keep track of results of decisions made in the Cloud Peak Wilderness, groups continue to monitor degradation of the land from human use through rapid campsite monitoring every few years. 

The Bighorn National Forest Cloud Peak Wilderness Campsite Surveys should be done every five years, USFS’ Silas Davidson said, but the last survey completed dates back to 2010, and before that, 1996. 

The survey, which volunteers and USFS staff now complete via a smartphone application, assesses campsites in heavy-use areas in the Cloud Peak Wilderness to help USFS staff make decisions on regulations and to track the health of the Bighorn National Forest. 

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