BLM Logo
Cody Field Office
Release Date: 08/07/13
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

Youth Group Enjoys Work and Play at BLM Cody Recreation Areas

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office and the Casper-based Conservation Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) youth group recently worked together to make needed improvements to BLM-managed recreation areas along the west slope of the Bighorn Mountain.


CORE group repairs sections of washed out trail. 
The CORE group repairs a section of washed out
trail at the Five Springs
Falls Campground.


The CORE group in front of Cottonwood Canyon.
The CORE kids, their adult leaders and BLM staff pose for a photo at the mouth of
Cottonwood Canyon

Fifteen young people and their two adult leaders joined BLM employees at the BLM Five Springs Falls Campground and the Cottonwood Creek Trailhead/Campground for five days of work projects with a little fun mixed in.

The Five Springs Falls Campground, 22 miles east of Lovell off U.S. Hwy. 14A, was the CORE group’s home base for the week. Here they painted 82 parking bollards, two kiosks and an electrical utility board; stained picnic tables and benches; repaired two sections of washed out trail; and collected all of the garbage from the campsites.

The group also made improvements to the Cottonwood Creek Trailhead including re-shingling and painting the informational kiosks; removing an old kiosk; and staining picnic tables, the visitor registration box and the Craig Thomas Gazebo.

BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Paul Rau worked with the group throughout the week and was impressed with their efforts. “After five days, the projects the CORE group completed at the recreation sites have significantly increased the area’s aesthetics and addressed maintenance issues the sites have needed for a long time,” said Rau.

BLM Cody Field Manager Mike Stewart thanked the CORE group at the Cottonwood Creek Trailhead. “You have accomplished a great deal of work that will be enjoyed by the public for many years to come,” Stewart said.

In addition to the work, an educational component was incorporated into the week. BLM staff led interpretive hikes to Five Springs Falls and into the dramatic Cottonwood Canyon. Lessons were presented on wildlife, geology, fire and fuels management and Leave No Trace principles. The kids enjoyed campfires and s’mores at the end of the action-packed days.

Victor Orr, Violence Prevention Coordinator for the Self Help Center of Casper, received funding 13 years ago to start CORE. CORE teaches young people how to have respect for all people and how to work together as a team. The participants are from Casper and many of them come from disadvantaged homes.

“CORE provides these kids with experiences they wouldn’t normally have,” said Orr. “Many of them have never been in the mountains and have never camped.”

Orr has led several outings like this each summer since CORE’s inception. The groups do volunteer projects for the BLM, U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service, including an annual trip to Yellowstone National Park.

For more information contact Paul Rau at 307-578-5900 or

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Cody Field Office   1002 Blackburn Street      Cody, WY 82414   

Last updated: 08-07-2013