The swollen creek almost sounds like applause as robins, yellow-rumped warblers and chipmunks pick through the leftovers from late night raids on ripe berries by resident bears. Yellow leaves freckled with brown, hanging on tight in the rain, are still in the minority. But they won’t be for long in the Shoshone National Forest.
For six weeks, local farmer Dave Johnson worked through a tough harvest to get Elysian West Field ready for the softball tournament. With bases made of corn seed bags and a fence made of hay, Johnson fashioned the field from a piece of flat land, never before tilled, near the base of Heart Mountain.
After a final two hours of debate, the Park County Wyoming Public Lands Initiative advisory committee finished a draft proposal identifying the borders of a possible wilderness area in the McCullough Peaks. The group is working to reorganize the current wilderness study area (WSA) into two sections — preserved wilderness and a special management area — in a proposal that could ultimately become law.