· The Douglas Ranger District (DRD) received the Tony Detoy District of the Year Award
· DRD Wildlife Biologist Cristi Painter won two photo contest awards
· DRD Rangeland Management Specialist Geri Procter received the Grassland Leadership Award
· Jack Butler, Rocky Mountain Research Station, was recognized for his work on TBNG with the Grasslands Research and Technology award
· The Wildlands Restoration Volunteers received the Prairie Partner Award for their volunteer work to collect sagebrush seed on the TBNG
The National Grassland Managers Council is a group that gathers and shares information regarding management of grassland issues and discusses topics such as sage grouse, prescribed fire, and law enforcement.
As declared by Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture, June 21-27, 2015 is National Grasslands Week, which celebrates the importance of areas such as the Thunder Basin National Grassland. It is meant to spotlight the beauty and historical importance of the 20 national grasslands in 12 western states that for 77 years have been managed for sustainable multiple use by the U.S. Forest Service.
The TBNG, covering nearly 550,000 acres, is located in northeastern Wyoming in the Powder River Basin between the Big Horn Mountains and the Black Hills. Elevations on the National Grassland range from 3,600 feet to 5,200 feet and the climate is semi-arid.
The National Grassland provides a diverse range of opportunities for recreation including hiking, sightseeing, hunting, fishing and motorized recreation. There are no developed campgrounds; however, dispersed camping is allowed.
Wildlife abounds year-round on the National Grassland, while it also provides forage for livestock and is underlain with vast mineral resources. Land patterns are very complex because federal, state and private lands are intermingled. The Douglas Ranger District administers the Thunder Basin National Grassland.
For more information please visit http://fs.usda.gov/mbr, or you can follow the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests & Thunder Basin National Grassland on Twitter, @FS_MBRTB