Forest Service to hold Meet the Ranger Open House in Afton

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AFTON — The Bridger-Teton National Forest rangers invite the public to attend an open house at the Greys River Ranger District Office in Afton on Tuesday, August 15, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.  The primary purpose of this event is a “meet and greet” with new district ranger Justin Laycock.

Justin has been serving as the acting district ranger since early June. Justin joins the Bridger-Teton National Forest workforce from the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, where he served as the Recreation Staff Officer on the Evanston-Mountain View Ranger District.  Prior to that he was a recreation specialist on the Dixie National Forest.  He has also worked on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah and the Tongass National Forest in Alaska.

Justin holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation management with an emphasis in natural resource management from Utah Valley University.  He and his wife, Kalyn, have three girls, ages 5, 3, and 1.

In addition to the meet and greet, Forest Service staff will be in attendance to display maps and offer discussion about the watershed improvement work that occurred last summer on Forest Road 10390 in the Salt River Pass area.  The intent of this project was to limit motorized vehicle traffic to system roads and reduce erosion and vegetation loss in areas where forest users were creating new roads and trails.  Inadvertently, some of this work affected the Lander Cut-Off National Recreation Trail.  This work also closed some popular dispersed camping areas without informing the public in advance of the project.  The Forest Service intends to repair and mitigate the impacts to the Lander Cut-Off.  The Forest Service would also like to reconsider the needs of dispersed campers, hikers, horseback riders, ATV/snowmobile users, and hunters in this area.

District ranger Justin Laycock and his staff will be available at the open house to discuss any topic of interest.  Please consider stopping by the office at 671 North Washington Street at any time between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, to share your thoughts and opinions with your local Forest Service employees. If you cannot attend the open house but would like to contact District Ranger Laycock, he is also available by email at [email protected]