FRIENDS OF DUBOIS BADLANDS
To unify the public toward understanding, appreciating and protecting
the unique features and resources of Dubois Badlands
Painting by Laney Hicks
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
To unify the public toward understanding, appreciating and protecting the unique features and resources of Dubois Badlands
Understanding the Badlands
Our primary goal is to educate people about the incredible variety of wildlife, the unique habitat and the stunning scenery.
Appreciating the Badlands
Our activities emphasize getting people into the habitat so they can see for themselves the richness of the Dubois Badlands.
Protecting the Badlands
A large part of our educational focus is on helping people understand how some of our normal activities can have severe impacts on the land and on the wildlife.
Our Badlands truly are a wonderland of scenery and beauty, home to an ample variety of wildlife and a place to be treasured.
What you can do in the Badlands
Hiking is the best way to discover the beauty and mystery of these badlands. Find clues about how animals live that frequent the Badlands. Watch how water changes the landscape in a storm.
Few places in the world offer a more varied and interesting opportunity to photograph the evocative nuances of the landscape.
Find peace and joy in the solitude and majesty of these wild lands. The Dubois Badlands are locally known to be a powerfully spiritual place which rewards your introspection.
Discover our Wilderness
Although the Badlands often look deserted in the middle of the day, they are home to hundreds of birds, plants and mammals and of course insects! The large number of mammals that live here is surprising to many people because some can only be traced by their scat and tracks. The beautiful herds of rare bighorn sheep are well known and often seen.
our recent activities
The Dubois Badlands are high desert vistas of fragile red, white, gray and tan sandstone cliffs with deep arroyos, plateaus and towering spires providing homes for bands of bighorn sheep, elk, deer, antelope, cougar, coyote, mountain bluebirds, soaring eagles and a quiet place for people to enjoy nature.
Friends of Dubois Badlands is dedicated to preserving
the health and sustainability of the badlands habitat
through education, Citizen Science activities, outreach and engagement for the social, economic, and
environmental benefit of the Dubois community and
visitors from around the world.
Our first project in 2021 was one of invasive species control. We eliminated an invasive tamarisk tree that had taken root in one of the canyons of the Dubois Badlands and tried spraying a large area for cheat grass.
2022 featured a project to take down some of the barbed wire fencing in the Dubois Badlands Wilderness Study Area to improve wildlife movement in the area. Attempts to continue this work in 2023 were thwarted by heavy rains.
2022 started off with a fascinating presentation by Bruce Thompson on the wonders of the Dubois Badlands. This continued with a hike into some of the little known areas of Mason Draw and their intriguing scenery.
2023 has had a variety of exciting activities including the beginning of species inventories in the badlands, hikes, and work projects with the BLM.
Next Scheduled Activities: Spring/summer, 2024
We have started a new Citizen Science project: laying the foundation for an ongoing species inventory of specific areas of the Dubois Badlands Wilderness Study Area. We started with plant and bird inventories, and will add later invasive plant species, mammals and insects. Participants learn the basics of doing an inventory, recording their findings and gaining insight about the species involved. In the Fall of 2023, we will help update the BLM signs,
Come join the fun! These Badlands need your observations and help! Check the calendar on our Activities page for next year!.
There are thousands of acres of badlands both East and West of the town of Dubois and North of the highway. Many areas have different ownership and usage requirements. The parcel from Mason Draw to the East past Byrd Draw has been under protection as a Wilderness Study area, but this is temporary. Please respect private ownership tracts which are not open to the public without permission and thus are not part of the FODB focus.
For the last 30 years, 4600 acres of BLM land just East of Dubois has been a Wilderness Study Area offering protection similar to any designated National Wilderness area, There is a bill before Congress proposing 4200 acres of this land become a National Conservation Area with many advantages for conservation .
WPLI Bill in Congress
Bill S-1750, known as the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative (WPLI), has been reintroduced into the US Congress this year. It proposes that the majority of the old WSA become a National Conservation Area.
National Conservation Area
National Conservation Lands offer the American people exceptional opportunities for hunting, solitude, wildlife viewing, fishing, history exploration, scientific research and a wide range of traditional uses. The BLM manages these public lands for the benefit of current and future generations.
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Our latest news
These blog posts describe the projects that we have undertaken. Go to the NEWS page to see the full descriptions.