Wildland Diversity -- I-25 Exit 7/US 18 Rest Area, nr Orin WY
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 42° 39.354 W 105° 12.016
13T E 483585 N 4722623
Quick Description: One of two historic markers at this rest area on the Southbound I-25 at the US 18 near Orin WY
Location: Wyoming, United States
Date Posted: 2/4/2014 9:21:55 AM
Waymark Code: WMK2RX
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 4

Long Description:
The I-25 rest area at the Junction of the US 18 near Orin WY has very nice restroom facilities, two historic markers, and a cache.

When Blasterz were there, we saw a Little Brown Myotis bat snoozing in the corner of the restroom plaza building. These beneficial bats are insectivores and are no danger to humans.

The historic marker read as follows:

"WILDLAND DIVERSITY

The Laramie Mountains provide a striking contrast for those traveling through the primarily flat to rolling prairies of southeastern Wyoming. Mountains are important to wildlife in Wyoming. As you go up in elevation, the average annual temperature declines, and the average annual precipitation increases. The rugged terrain in the mountains provides south-facing slopes that get an abundance of sunlight, and north-facing slopes that get very little. As you travel, take note op he fact that most trees grow on the north slope, where snow accumulates and soil moisture lasts longer. Rough, rugged terrain provides a variety of holes, cracks, and crevices which can be used by animals as dens or nesting areas, and places out of the wind where soil accumulates and different plants can grow. These, in turn, attract a variety of animals. A greater variety of habitats or homes means an greater variety of animals."

Contrasting vegetation, topography, and large wide-open spaced make Wyoming a home to over 600 species of wildlife which are “Worth The Watching.”
Marker Name: Wildland Diversity

Marker Type: Rural Roadside

Addtional Information:
I-25 rest area


Group Responsible for Placement: State of Wyoming

Date Dedicated: Not listed

Marker Number: Not listed

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
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