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Bighorn National Forest Supervisor Andrew Johnson speaks during a Bighorn National Forest Steering Committee meeting on Thursday, April 28, 2022. Johnson said proposed dispersed camping stickers would make it much easier to contact users who are violating the forest’s 14-day dispersed camping rule.

SHERIDAN — The Bighorn National Forest is initiating a process to change the way camping is regulated on the forest to be effective in January 2023.

During the summer of 2022, managers will open a public comment period to update the regulations based on recommendations from the citizen-led Dispersed Camping Task Force. The proposal will include changing the moving requirement, a consistent approach to scenic by-way management where U.S. Highway 16 would have a no-camping buffer like U.S. Highways 14 and 14A, and consistency with all other national forests in the region to change to a year-round 14-day stay limit.

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