“Wild Lands” Order Continues to Draw Opposition

Sheridan County Commissioner Bob Rolston
Sheridan County Commissioner Bob Rolston

Since the Department of the Interior announced Secretarial Order 3310 in late December, it has drawn its fare share of opposition from many in the state of Wyoming. Shortly after the order was announced, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead sent a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar asking him to rescind the “Wild Lands” order. More recently, the Wyoming County Commissioners Association passed a resolution stating that they strongly oppose the order.

Sheridan County Commissioner Bob Rolston is the Vice President of the Wyoming County Commissioners Association, and he says that Legislators from the Western States have also sent a letter to Salazar opposing the Secretarial Order.

The Secretarial Order directs the Bureau of Land Management to inventory and identify “Wild Lands” and protect them for their wilderness values.

One of the top concerns is that the order will severely limit access and multiple use of lands that would otherwise be available to the public. Rolston points out that the decision to bypass any input from Congress or those that it will affect is troubling.

Rolston says that they all they are looking for is to have their concerns and issues considered.

Rolston pointed out that the order has the potential to take away revenue at a time when we are trying to come out of a recession.

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