Effort to Reopen a Shuttered Bighorn Mountain Center

By Staff
13 Aug 2014

A Wyoming group has started an online fundraising campaign to reopen a Bighorn Mountain attraction.

Last year, officials on the Bighorn National Forest closed the Burgess Junction Visitor Center due to budget cuts. Not wanting to see the building remain vacant, the Forest Service began putting-out bids for private companies to use the space for visitor-oriented services.

A Dayton group called Cloud Peak Outdoor Center is working with the Forest Service to reopen the visitor center where recreational programs and training will be provided to the novice outdoorsman.

According to their independent fundraising website, the Forest Service will provide the building, one mile nature trail, and 53 acres of land in exchange for upkeep of the area.

The group aims to reopen Burgess next spring and must raise $45,000 to cover liability insurance, complete light restoration, establish an equipment inventory, and hire and train a staff of six.

The plan is touted as a means to maintain access to a public facility and increase outdoor recreation.

The fundraising campaign closes on October 10.

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Topics : Environment
Location : Wyoming