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Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and the Bureau of Land Management (B.L.M.) have reached a settlement on the State’s appeal of an acquisition of land by the B.L.M. in Natrona and Carbon Counties. In June, Wyoming filed an appeal challenging the B.L.M’.s purchase of more than 35,000 acres of the Marton Ranch near Casper. The B.L.M.…

The perpetrators of several fires on public lands in Hot Springs County have been found guilty, which means years of probation and thousands of dollars in restitution after an extensive cleanup. Two individuals have been charged with felony depredation of federal lands thanks to the combined efforts of B.L.M. Wyoming, North Wind Construction Services, and…

All three of Wyoming’s congressional representatives decry the lack of input from state, local, and federal agencies before the BLM purchase in a state that already has a vast amount of federal land. On Thursday, June 23, U.S. Sens. John Barrasso and Cynthia Lummis, and Rep. Liz Cheney, all R-Wyo., sent a letter to Department…

The Department of the Interior is allocating over $31 million to all 23 Wyoming counties to maintain public lands as part of the annual Payments in Lieu of Taxes funding. The Department of the Interior announced that 23 local governments in Wyoming will receive $31.5 million in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (P.I.L.T.) funding for…

Efforts to preserve a popular Bighorn Basin cave and its wildlife for future generations are being hindered by destructive and persistent vandalism. Currently, efforts to resume cleanup around the Tongue River Cave have been mobilizing and successful. But unfortunately, the effort is almost fruitless as progress made is quickly undone by vandalism. In the last…

The Biden Administration announced a series of ecosystem restoration projects in over twenty states, tribes, and territories. These projects will receive nearly $68.4 million dollars during the fiscal year 2022 as per Biden’s “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.” The U.S. Department of the Interior says the Biden Infrastructure Law is “a major investment in the conservation and…

Wyoming Game and Fish is opening its Bighorn Basin Wildlife Habitat Management Areas for Summer 2022 – just be cautious and bear-aware while you’re there. Wyoming Game and Fish is gradually opening its wildlife habitat management areas (W.H.M.A.s). These areas give big game a safe, unaffected range to weather out the winter. However, all species…

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department at the Cody Regional Office says they are closing “vehicle access to Willwood public access” about two miles south of Powell on Highway 295. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department at the Cody Regional Office say they are closing “vehicle access to Willwood public access” about two miles south…

For the first time in a long time, the B.L.M. Wyoming State Office is offering over a hundred thousand acres for oil and gas drilling in a June lease sale. Following an injunction from the Western District of Louisiana, on April 19, the Bureau of Land Management Wyoming State Office issued a final environmental assessment…

The B.L.M. is reevaluating its long-term assessment of the Bighorn Basin and asks the public for their opinions on managing the region’s bountiful resources. The Bureau of Land Management Cody and Worland field offices seek input as they evaluate the 2015 Bighorn Basin Resource Management Plan (R.M.P.). It’s the first time the plan has been…


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