Worland News 1-12-18

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is convening a series of public gatherings later this month that will determine the path of future cutthroat trout restoration efforts in the Bighorn Basin.
Game and Fish invites you to attend a gathering in a community near you to share your interests, thoughts, ideas, and concerns about this important topic and to discuss future restoration projects for cutthroat trout.
“We want to hear from you and we need your help to make this effort successful,” said Cody Regional Fisheries Supervisor Sam Hochhalter.
This will be a very different level of public engagement than what has occurred in the past on cutthroat trout restoration projects. Game and Fish will not be proposing specific projects and asking for public input on them. Instead Hochhalter said, “Game and Fish is asking the public to work with us to develop a set of specific recommendations for future cutthroat trout restoration efforts in the Absaroka, Beartooth, and Bighorn Mountains.”
Participants of the meetings will not only have the opportunity to share their thoughts, but will also be afforded the opportunity to listen to other participants and learn about the current status and conservation challenges associated with cutthroat trout.
Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations continue to be lost. Without active restoration, long-term persistence of Yellowstone cutthroat trout in the Cody Region is questionable.
A meeting in Worland is scheduled for January 25th at the Washakie County Fairgrounds emergency management room from 5:30 to 7:30 PM

President Donald Trump’s administration is announcing $2 billion in grants for local agencies seeking to help the homeless.
The amount announced Thursday is a slight increase over recent years and will go to 7,300 local projects.
Across the country, homelessness has been on a downward trend for years, according to government counts. But there has been a spike in numbers in California, Oregon and Washington, where rents have been rising fast.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson says California programs will see an increase in grant funding.
The administration’s announcement comes as it is proposing deep cuts to subsidized housing programs that also help the homeless.
Its proposed budget also calls for the elimination of the Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates the federal response to the problem.

This Monday is a fee-free day at all National Parks.
The Bighorn Canyon Recreation Area invites residents to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the great outdoors, despite the cold weather that can make it hard to get excited about going outside.
Christy Fleming, Chief of Interpretation at Bighorn Canyon, says there are several fun winter activities that families can take part in at the Recreation area, including hiking, bird watching, and ice fishing.
Fleming says Horseshoe Bend and areas off the Yellowtail habitat have approximately 10 to 12 inches of ice, but cautions against ice fishing at Barry’s Landing, as ice has been forming and melting there.
This is one of the few fee-free days offered by the National Park Service this year. The next one will be on April 21st, celebrating the first day of National Park Week. The only other two fee-free days will be September 22nd, which is National Public Lands Day, and November 11th, which is Veterans Day.

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