Jo Co Historical Society to Present Collection on Bighorn National Forest

A presentation on the historical collection on the Bighorn National Forest (BHNF) will be given on February 21 at the Johnson County Library.

According to a release from the Johnson County Historical Society, the collection cam to the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum in 2022 and is still being cataloged.

Over 40 boxes of archival material is being sorted, documented, and stored for ease of access and research.

There are historical documents and photographs showing how the BHNF has been used and managed since its inception.

The presenters, Craig Cope and Sylvia Bruner, will discuss topics including timber sales, road development, wilderness preservation, and grazing management among others.

Cope recently retired as the Bighorn National Forest Wilderness Manager after 39 years of service in the Forest Service, 31 in Buffalo.

Bruner is the director at the Jim Gatchell Memorial Museum, and has been with the museum since 2003, when she was the collections manager.

The presentation will be Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Johnson County Library’s Twing Room.

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