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BUFFALO, Wyo. — The Bighorn National Forest is seeking public comments on a fee proposal for two new recreation rentals, the Pole Creek Cabin and Sheep Mountain Lookout.

“Revenues from the Pole Creek Cabin and Sheep Mountain Lookout would be used to operate and improve these sites,” said Mark Booth, district ranger for the Powder River Ranger District. “We can use the revenue right here and put it back into these sites for maintenance and upkeep.”

The Pole Creek Cabin is located about three-quarters of a mile west of Highway 16 along Forest Road 456. Built in the mid-1950s, it was used as a summer camp retreat by the Boy Scouts. The cabin was refurbished in the 1990s and used as a winter snowmobile and ski warming hut. This two-room rustic cabin is furnished with a wood stove, two bunk bed sets, table and chairs and kitchen cabinets. An outhouse is located nearby. Water and electricity are not available at the cabin. It is located along a winter snowmobile trail and a trail within the Pole Creek Cross Country Ski Area, so would be ideal for winter users. In the spring, the area offers abundant wildflowers and wildlife, and in the fall, it’s an ideal hunting camp. The Forest Service proposes to rent the Pole Creek cabin for $35 a night.

The Sheep Mountain Lookout is a historic fire lookout tower six miles north of Highway 16 on Forest Road 28. Because this lookout was built in the late 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, it offers a special overnight experience that is one of the few lookout towers in the region available for rental. Due to its high-elevation location, visitors can see all the way to Devils Tower on a clear day. Water and electricity is not available. The Forest Service proposes to rent the Sheep Mountain Lookout for $50 a night.

These recreation rentals will require reservations through the National Recreation Reservation Service. The National Recreation Reservation Service charges a $9 reservation fee for Internet reservations and $10 fee for phone reservations.

Comments on the proposal should be sent by mail to Bill Bass, forest supervisor, 2013 Eastside Second St., Sheridan, WY 82801, or by email to comments-bighorn@fs.fed.us. Comments, concerns, or questions about the proposed rentals should be received no later than Aug. 1, so comments can be compiled and analyzed.

For more information about the proposal, call Brian Boden at the Powder River Ranger District at 307-684-7806 or email bboden@fs.fed.us. Information is also available on the Bighorn National Forest’s website at www.fs.usda.gov/bighorn/.

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