Why the Shoshone Forest

Shoshone National Forest
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As the nation’s first national forest, the Shoshone is uniquely wild and scenic. More than half is designated as wilderness and another 30 percent is considered pristine.

This forest supports abundant wildlife and a strong local economy based on hunting, fishing, recreation and tourism. The Wilderness Society works to preserve and expand one of the wildest landscapes in our national forest system.

Here are five reasons why the Shoshone National Forest deserves to remain wild and free:

  1. Historic value: The Shoshone is the nation’s first national forest and remains one of the least-developed.
  2. Uniquely wild: More than half of the forest’s 2.4 million acres is designated as wilderness and another 30% is road free.
  3. Stunning scenery:  The Shoshone forms the eastern border of Yellowstone National Park. It includes parts of the stunning Wind River, Beartooth and Absaroka mountain ranges.
  4. Top habitat: The Shoshone is home to one of the broadest arrays of wildlife species left on earth.
  5. Strong local economy: The forest’s scenery, wildlife and recreational opportunities support a strong economy built around hunting, fishing, recreation and tourism.  

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