Wyoming Fails to Identify Lands Worth Saving

Wyoming Fails to Identify Lands Worth Saving

CHEYENNE - Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and the state's 23 counties didn't recommend that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management designate any parcels of land in the state as "crown jewels" worthy of possible wilderness protection.

The Casper Star Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/pFUVXi) that Thursday was the deadline for the the Wyoming office of the BLM to recommend parcels for congressional protection to the U.S. Department of Interior.

BLM Spokeswoman Cindy Wertz in Wyoming says the reason no sites in the state were listed is because the governor and the counties didn't recommend any.

Mead and several county commissions as well as the state's
congressional delegation wrote that removing areas from grazing and mineral production would hurt Wyoming's economy. Conservation groups recommended more than 50 sites for protection.

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