Forest System Street 18 opens and climbing closures in Tensleep Canyon – Sheridan Media


Photo courtesy of Bighorn National Forest.

Bighorn National Forest has announced that Forest System Road 18, The Old Highway, opened on June 16th. This road provides additional access to recreational opportunities on the east side of Tensleep Canyon.

The BNF notes that recent bird of prey surveillance has confirmed nesting activity in Tensleep Canyon, resulting in a voluntary closure of the Moby Dick Climbing Area off Forest System Road 18. The named routes and walls affected are Dough Boy, Queequeg’s Coffin, Cetology Wall and Edge of Starbuck. The area is closed until August 15th. According to Forest, the nest site is monitored throughout the summer.

Under the Bald and Golden Eagle Conservation Act of 1940 and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, land management agencies have responsibilities to prevent ‘taking’ of certain bird species. Among other things, the law provides that a recording includes disturbing the birds while they are nesting.

If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Allison, Southern Zone Wildlife Biologist, at 307-684-7806 or [email protected]