The Department of the Interior released a memo from Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Wednesday which directs the Bureau of Land Management to take no action under the Wild Lands Order.
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead has opposed the Order since taking office, and has spoken on several occasions with the Secretary about potential impacts from the Wild Land Order.
In a media release issued by the Governor's Office, Mead said “The decision to reverse course on the Wild Lands Order is in the best interest of Wyoming and the entire West.” Mead also stated that he spoke with Secretary Salazar by phone and thanked him for listening to the people of Wyoming.
U.S. Senator John Barrasso also released the following statement saying “This Administration’s ‘wild lands’ proposal was misguided right out of the box. Public lands should be managed in a way that provides the greatest benefit to the public. This anti-multiple use order would have severely limited access to public lands and threatened Western economies.”
Secretarial Order 3310 was issued in December of 2010 without input from Congress or local officials. In April, Congress passed a resolution that contained provisions that limited the use of funds for the Interior Department to implement, administer, or enforce the Secretarial Order.