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Boysen concerns focus of May 15 meeting

May 13, 2012 - Staff

The Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources has rescheduled a meeting for this week in Shoshoni to discuss Boysen State Park operations.

The public meeting hosted by the Wyoming Division of State Parks, Historic Sites and Trails will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15, at the Shoshoni Fire Hall, 106 E. 2nd St.

During the meeting, the public will be invited to provide input to the parks division.

Park staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions on topics inclulding how visitor use information is captured, the rules and regulations for Boysen State Park and other related issues.

The meeting is expected to involve hotly contested issues. A group of Boysen users contacted recently indicated plans to voice their problems with some of the park's management practices during the meeting.

Ben Freedman believes the meeting is in response to efforts led by himself and Pam Peterson, both of Lander. Freedman and Peterson's concerns begin with a visitor survey conducted in 2009.

Freedman said the survey was handed out at random and "not sent out to regular users, annual permit holders."

"The construction or improvements, quote unquote, were not what most of the annual permit holders had in mind," he said.

The improvements in question are those in the Tough Creek camping area on the east side of the reservoir.

Last summer, Peterson wrote a two-page letter to Gov. Matt Mead enumerating her concerns about the park, rules and improvements. Over a two-week period, more than 100 Tough Creek users signed her letter.

Concern citizens have other concerns.

For more information about the meeting, call (307) 777-2416.

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