Even rock can’t withstand the rigors of outdoor recreation, it seems. I know this is the Montana Outdoor Radio Show, but a story I wrote about Wyoming’s problem with rock climbers congregating in Tensleep Canyon applies to all areas where folks like to recreate. The canyon in the Bighorn Mountains has become extremely popular over the past decade. With that increase have come all of the associated problems: litter, lack of campsites, lack of toilets, user-created trails and on the rock itself user-created routes chipped and glued into the cliffs. Anywhere people congregate these can be problems for land management agencies, in this case the Forest Service. Working with a local coalition the feds and climbers are trying to find some solutions.
To read more, check out my story in this week’s Billings Gazette. https://billingsgazette.com/outdoors/