JACKSON, Wyo. — As the fall season emerges, the Bridger-Teton National Forest (BTNF) offers many opportunities that serve the varied desires of both local and visiting recreationists.
“Fall is an exciting time to be on the Bridger-Teton National Forest,” says Deputy Forest Supervisor, Kevin Khung. Of course, hunting and fishing are keynote activities, but photography, camping and exploring continue into their finest months during September and October.”
BTNF reminds recreationists that shooting is allowed on national forest lands, and responsible shooters can help retain that option by picking up and hauling away all shooting debris and knowing what is beyond the target. Never shoot across roads, trails, or waterways and respect occupied campsites.
Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are provided free at ranger district offices or from the BTNF website Bridger-Teton National Forest – Maps & Publications (usda.gov) A free app from Avenza also allows users satellite access to the maps, so even in the backcountry, travelers know when they are on a legal route. BTNF wants to remind recreationists that only designated routes, or those shown on the MVUM, are open for motorized uses. Some of those may only allow certain size vehicles or may be open for limited seasons, prolong the route’s life, or better protect wildlife habitat. E-bikes are also considered motorized vehicles.
Firewood permits for personal use are available from district offices Monday through Friday for seven dollars per cord, with a minimum charge of $35 per permit. District office personnel are available to help recreators with the best areas to gather firewood. BTNF also reminds people that dispersed campsites can offer great flexibility for larger groups of hunters, and can be occupied for up to 14 days at a time. Fall visitors are reminded to check first for any fire restrictions that may be in place. Many of the developed campgrounds with vault toilets, potable water, numbered sites and other amenities—will continue to provide garbage and water services into the middle of October.
Follow this link to learn about food storage requirements that will keep visitors and area wildlife safe Bridger-Teton National Forest – Recreation (usda.gov).