May 27, 2012 Staff

Togwotee work takes holiday

Construction on the Togwotee Trail corridor stopped at 4 p.m. on Friday, May 25, and will resume at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29, in observance of the Memorial Day weekend.

The 38 miles of U.S. 26/287 between Dubois and Moran Junction, the Togwotee Trail to Yellowstone, continues toward completion this year.

"Good progress is being made on the Rosie's Ridge section, and we are well within our schedule for the season," said Doug Jensen, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Dubois.

Project information with construction updates can be found at

Boats need aquatic species decals

Boaters are reminded that along with registration of boats for the upcoming boating season, watercraft using Wyoming waters must have an Aquatic Invasive Species decal.

This is the third year the AIS decal and watercraft inspection program has been in effect.

The 2012 decals are now available on the Game and Fish website, at all Game and Fish regional offices, and at automated license agents.

They must be displayed on all watercraft using Wyoming waters with the exception of inflatable watercraft 10-feet in length or less.

Costs are $10 for motorized watercraft registered in Wyoming, $30 for motorized watercraft registered in other states, $5 for non-motorized watercraft owned by Wyoming residents, and $15 for non-motorized watercraft owned by nonresidents.

In 2011 more than 34,000 decals were issued representing nearly 80 percent of the boats registered in Wyoming. The decal program raised more than $430,000 in 2011 to fund the AIS inspection program and monitoring for AIS in Wyoming waters.

Last year, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department conducted nearly 43,000 watercraft inspections at 33 different waters throughout Wyoming.

According to AIS coordinator Beth Bear, the majority were standard inspections with very few high-risk inspections or decontaminations.

Bear said that with each year, boaters are becoming more familiar with the watercraft inspection process. "More and more boaters are following the drain, clean and dry procedure, which greatly speeds up the inspection process," Bear said.

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