The Absaroka Fence Initiative will partner with the community at the Four Bear Trail on Saturday, May 1, for its first public volunteer project. Participants are invited to spend the morning removing old barbed wire fence which will improve habitat for migrating wildlife.
Volunteers are encouraged to RSVP at the Facebook event page.
“From the first conversations about forming the Absaroka Fence Initiative, we were all committed to making it community-driven,” said Alicia Hummel, chair of the Absaroka Fence Initiative events committee. “We are looking forward to getting boots on the ground with our partners and the public.”
Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Four Bear Trail parking area, located 17 miles west of Cody on U.S. Highway 16. Turn right at the Four Bear Trailhead sign. Wear good work shoes or boots and bring work gloves, eye protection, lunch, water, and fencing pliers if you have them. Participants will receive an Absaroka Fence Initiative hat.
To mitigate risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, the group will take preventative measures like working in small teams, physical distancing and not sharing tools.
The Absaroka Fence Initiative is made up of landowners, community members, non-governmental organizations, and local government agencies in Park County. Collaborators target where fencing can be improved to have the greatest impact on wildlife migration while still functioning to effectively manage livestock.
The group is interested in opportunities to connect with willing landowners and community members. If you are interested in learning more about this work or getting involved, visit absarokafenceinitiative.org and follow @absarokafenceinitiative on Facebook.
The Wyoming Wildlife Federation is a proud member of the Absaroka Fence Initiative. If you would like more information from a WWF staff member, please contact Sam Lockwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.