The memorial is set to take place on Aug. 8, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Jack Creek Guard Station (near Jack Creek Park). The Guard Station is about 25 miles west of Saratoga on Forest Road 452 in the Medicine Bow National Forest (MBNF). This memorial will honor Wyoming Game wardens Bill Lakanen and Don Simpson, who were ambushed and killed in the Sierra Madres nearly 70 years ago.
Officials from the U.S. Forest Service, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, and other local and state agencies are expected to attend this event. The public is encouraged to attend, as well.
The schedule of events for the memorial will include a welcome, several speakers, the unveiling of a commemorative sign, and honor guard. The Wyoming Game Wardens Association will provide light refreshments. The Saratoga Museum is leading a hike to the ambush site following the ceremony; for more information or to sign-up for the hike, contact the Museum at (307) 326-5511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Game & Fish employees will use Jack Creek Campground in the days surrounding the event, thus closing the campground to the public. There are ten campgrounds on the Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District that the public may use in lieu of Jack Creek. The closest campgrounds are Lost Creek and Bottle Creek, both of which are located off of Highway 70.
The Brush Creek/Hayden Ranger District has been working with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department in order to honor and acknowledge the men’s sacrifice and the intense cooperation that exists between National Forests and State game agencies throughout the country.
For more information, please visit http://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or you can follow the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB.