The Shoshone National Forest in Northwest Wyoming contains parts of the Absaroka, the Beartooth and the Wind River Ranges and nearly 2.5 million acres of some of the most raw and rugged country in the Lower 48. The Shoshone National Forest's inventoried roadless areas offer world-class hunting, fishing, tourism, and recreation opportunities. These areas act as a source for big-game species like elk and bighorn sheep and are critical habitat for threatened and endangered species.
Francs and Wood River Inventoried Roadless Areas are adjacent to one another, separated by a single access road. Both areas have a rich cultural heritage, and provide critical wildlife habitat for bighorn sheep, grizzly, and elk. Francs Peak has the highest density of grizzly feeding sites for army cutworm moths in the lower 48, and boasts the longest migrating elk herd, migratory sage grouse, and a high elevation antelope herd. Both areas have been recommended for wilderness
The Forest Service recently completed updating the Shoshone Forest Plan which will guide management decisions on the forest for the next 10-15 years. The final plan identified the DuNoir Special Management Unit, Wood River, Francs Peak and Trout Creek as the areas most advocated for protection, but did not recommend any wilderness - and instead proposed new mechanized and motorized use in the DuNoir, Wood River and Francs Peak. Concerned citizens and conservation groups filed objections to these shortfalls. After reviewing objections to the plan, the Forest Service in early 2015 decided to ban motorized travel in the Wood River and Francs Peak areas, and ban mountain biking in the Dunoir Special Management Area.
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