Snow Season in the Snowy Range

Throughout the past four weeks in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests and Thunder Basin National Grassland, it has snowed frequently. Luckily our forest has snow gear that has allowed us to be somewhat active in the field regardless. We get to drive out to different sites and explore fairly often.

We were able to go snowshoeing to look at different sites that we will be working on. As a recreation analyst, my job entails dealing with essentially anything recreation-related which means it can change drastically day-to-day or hour-to-hour. Currently, our forest has countless maps that need to be made. I have been practicing my Geographic Information System (GIS) skills daily and have made many maps of the forest with even more to come. This has helped me to have a much better understanding of the forest layout and different regions that are currently inaccessible because of the icy roads.

I have been lucky enough to travel to some of the more accessible sites to ensure that all of the markers are accurate. Some of the currently available aerial imagery can be outdated or blurry so it is important to confirm the locations of different markers. I’ve already learned a great deal and I’m excited to learn more! I’m looking forward to getting to spend even more time outside, exploring the forest when field season rolls around!

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