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A new seedling grows in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest. Photo Joe Riis/USFS

Governor's Task Force on Forests

Final Report

Final Report of the Governor's Task Force on Forests published. Governor Matt Mead created the Task Force on Forests in 2013 to study the benefits forests provide and to analyze and consider new response strategies and recommendations for both active and passive management. The Forest Task Force reached consensus on 12 major recommendations comprising 53 sub-recommendations, for the Governor’s consideration.

View the Final Report of the Governor's Task Force on Forests.

Read a press release from the Governor's Office about the final report.






Task Force Overview

Approximately 19 percent of Wyoming’s land area, or about 11.8 million acres is forested. Wyoming’s forests provide clean water and air, wood products, habitat for wildlife and other biota, and places for recreation and spiritual reflection.

However, Wyoming is facing unprecedented disturbances of its forestland (e.g. bark beetle, white pine blister rust, forest fires, invasive species, and drought) that are both widespread and acute. The impacts of these disturbances are broad ranging and limit the ways we are able to use and enjoy our forests, inhibit sustained yields of forest resources, pose a threat to housing and infrastructure at the wildland-urban interface, and degrade wildlife habitat and water quality.

In tandem with the impacts of drought, wildfire, and disease is our increasingly limited ability to apply effective management strategies for restoring our forests. The forest products industry in Wyoming has been steadily downsizing over the past three decades. A viable forest products industry plays an important role in the methods that we can use to restore and enhance forest conditions.

The well-being of Wyoming’s forests requires a coordinated approach to management. Cognizant of the need to better understand the impacts that have resulted from the beetle epidemic and to identify collaborative solutions to some of the problems caused by those impacts, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead formed the Governor’s Task Force on Forests in 2013.

Governor's Task Force on Forests loginFoundational documents

Additional materials

Task Force members

Name Organization
Aaron Bannon       
Joel Bousman       
Jacque Buchanan   
Bill Crapser       
Jessica Crowder         
Sen. Ogden Driskill   
Jason Fearneyhough   
Buddy Green       
Steve Kilpatrick       
Mark Konishi       
Harry Labonde       
Carl Larson       
Jim Magagna       
Lisa McGee, Co-chair           
Jim Neiman, Co-chair   
Rep. Jerry Paxton   
Reg Phillips       
Dan Tinker       
David Whittekiend
National Outdoor Leadership School
Sublette County Board of County Commissioners
Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Region
Wyoming State Forestry Division
Wyoming Governor's Office
Wyoming State Senate
Department of Agriculture
BLM Wyoming
Wyoming Wildlife Federation
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Wyoming Water Development Office
Larson Livestock, Inc.
Wyoming Stock Growers Association
Wyoming Outdoor Council
Neiman Enterprises, Inc.
Wyoming House of Representatives
Dubois-Crowheart Conservation District
University of Wyoming, Department of Botany
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest

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