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Dec 9, 2013 - From staff reports

Pastoral photos on display at library

"Portraits of Pastoralism," a traveling public art exhibit by Cat Urbigkit, is on display at the Riverton Branch Library.

The 20 black and white photographs show pastoral scenes from around the world, "illuminating the challenges faced by people whose cultures involve the seasonal movement with livestock herds."

The exhibit will be on display through December.

For more information, call 856-3556.

Forest slash piles to be burned

Shoshone National Forest officials say skies could get a bit smoky east of the Wind River Range in the days and weeks ahead.

Forest officials plan to burn piles of timber, known as slash piles. Slash piles consist of trees and underbrush that have been cleared to reduce the risk of wildfires that can destroy property.

The arrival of cold, snowy weather makes it possible to burn the piles safely.

Slash piles will be burned in the upper Wind River, Horse Creek and Sinks Canyon areas. Slash piles also will be burned near the Pass Creek subdivision south of Lander and the Union Pass subdivision outside Dubois.

BLM asks public to respect resources

The Bureau of Land Management wants to remind the public that archaeological artifacts such as stone tools, pottery fragments, fire pits, stone circles, homesteads, rock cairns and rock art are protected by federal law and must be preserved for all.

It is important that archaeological artifacts remain in place and undamaged. Laws such as the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resource Protection Act, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act prohibit disturbing or removing artifacts.

In the case of finding archaeological sites, artifacts and human remains on public land, it is important to notify the local BLM field office as soon as possible.

Prompt notification to BLM of human remains discoveries allows the agency to take immediate steps to secure and protect the site for loss or damage, to identify and consult individuals and tribes who may be related to the remains, and to determine the appropriate management approach, which may be to secure the burial in the original location or to excavate the remains and transfer custody.

All human remains and cultural items should be treated with care and respect. There are marked and unmarked burial sites located across the public lands due to use of the public lands by generations -- historically and prehistorically.

For more information, visit http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Cultural_Resources.html.

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