The Forest Service is currently revising the Shoshone's Forest Plan, which will spell out how the forest can be used for the next 20 years.
Our flights took us over some of the key areas recommended for wilderness designation in the Forest Plan, including the DuNoir Special Management Unit and the Wood River/Franc's Peak roadless areas, all of which have incredible wildlife values. The remote Dunoir valley has been called "Shangri-la" by locals working to protect it. Draining into the upper Wind River, the valley is blanketed by lush old growth spruce forest, Douglas fir and whitebark pine and is critical habitat for elk, antelope, moose, deer, wolverine, lynx and grizzly bear.
The final Forest Revision Plan for Shoshone is due out in October 2013.