Recreation: Climbers and campers
People who go into our national forests to enjoy many recreation activities—from hunting and fishing to camping and climbing—have all been affected by bark beetles in one way or another. The Forest Service works to make sure recreation areas are safe and open to the public as much as possible. Sometimes this entails treatments like removing trees that threaten to blow down, or spraying trees to keep them from succumbing to beetle attacks. Meanwhile, people who have visited their local forests for years are learning to see their favorite places in new ways.
In a given year the Medicine Bow and Routt National Forests receive 2.7 million recreation visits to over 300 developed sites.
Significant work has been done and will continue to ensure those sites are open and safe for visitors.
Videography and production
Sara Alberts, Forester, Laramie Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service
Alyssa Wechsler, climber and resident of Laramie, Wyoming
“Murmur,” Broke for Free
“Phase IV,” Lo Fi Is Si Fi