Crook County to get say in old-growth

By Sarah Pridgeon
The Sundance Times
March 14, 2024
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US East

Counties like Crook may get to have a say in the U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) new rules for old-growth forests after all. Earlier this year, the commissioners called for a rethink of the USFS’s plans to amend every national forest land management in the nation to create one overall strategy. In a comment letter, the county criticized the one-size-fits-all approach and failure to include local governments in the process. The new rules are expected to affect all National Forests in Wyoming, including the Black Hills. Dru Palmer, consultant for the county, reported last week that she had met with national management in Washington, D.C. during a trip to the capital and was able to bring back good news. “The bottom line is that they heard us loud and clear and recognize they maybe didn’t roll it out very well,” she said.

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