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Cody Wild West River Fest celebrates role of Shoshone River in local life

River Runners guide Larry Boyles, far left, launches a raft full of whitewater seekers into the middle of the Shoshone River, near the Belfry Highway bridge at the north edge of Cody, Wyo. in this June 2008 file photo.

After an inaugural 2013 program that organizers said was "wildly successful," Cody's Wild West River Fest returns this weekend with a wide range of family-friendly events centered around the Shoshone River. The 3-day celebration includes contests, races, demonstrations, parties, concerts and other events aimed at educating attendees about the importance of the Shoshone River to life in Cody and the surrounding area, and promoting outdoor recreation and stewardship focused on maintaining a healthy waterway. Continue Reading →

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Cody Wild West River Fest draws honors for local conservationist

A Cody, Wyo. employee of The Nature Conservancy has been honored for her work in creating a new event that focuses public attention on the Shoshone River, which originates along the eastern boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Katherine Thompson, the Conservancy’s northwest Wyoming program director, is the recipient of the Deborah MacKenzie Award for Innovation. Continue Reading →

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Cody Wild West River Fest to celebrate Shoshone River east of Yellowstone

Fly-fisherman Jim Harris of Billings casts his line on the Shoshone River near the northern edge of Cody in this March 2009 file photo. Temperatures in the mid-60s lured many other fishermen to the water, which is fed by hot springs as it flows through town.

A wide range of sponsoring groups led by The Nature Conservancy are organizing the Cody Wild West River Fest, scheduled for Aug. 23-24. Among the activities planned are a fishing contest, boating competitions, a film festival and concerts. The festival will include events that draw attention to water quality and conservation issues, but the main goal is to celebrate the diverse role the Shoshone River plays in commerce, recreation and community health from the eastern edge of Yellowstone National Park across a vast drainage that is home to farms, critical wildlife habitat and growing economies. Continue Reading →

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10 stunning Wyoming high school student photos of Yellowstone and Grand Teton

An overcast sky creates dramatic lighting along a steaming river in Yellowstone National Park. Dylan Rorabaugh Natrona County High School

Images from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are featured prominently among the winners of a photo contest that highlights work by high school students from across Wyoming. The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming's 5th annual “I Believe in Conservation” photography contest provides a showcase for students from Natrona County High School in Casper, Cheyenne High School and Cody High School. Continue Reading →

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Historic cabin marks trail to summit of iconic mountain east of Yellowstone Park

The Trailhead Cabin at The Nature Conservancy Heart Mountain Ranch offers a basecamp with interpretive displays for hikers and others using the land. (Yellowstone Gate/Ruffin Prevost - click to enlarge)

For travelers venturing more than 50 miles east of Yellowstone National Park, perhaps the most immediately visible and recognizable landmark in Wyoming's Bighorn Basin is Heart Mountain, an 8,123-foot butte rising from the valley floor that can be seen for miles in every direction. Now visitors to the iconic mountain have a new landmark and base camp to help orient themselves before hiking, hunting or wandering among the 15,000 acres of the Heart Mountain Ranch owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy. Continue Reading →

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Jackson Hole celebrates Earth Day with ‘Picnic for the Planet’ on Sunday

Jackson Hole residents will get a chance to help set a world record for the biggest picnic in history on Earth Day, as a local group joins others around the globe holding a special "Picnic for the Planet." Groups organizing the event to raise awareness about environmental issues say the effort is aimed at connecting people through the food they love. Continue Reading →

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