Half of Wyoming’s lands are federally managed as national parks, monuments, forests, recreation areas, wildlife refuges, or public land. These include some of the most iconic places in the nation and they help support healthy ecosystems and wildlife populations.
Wyoming’s public lands offer extraordinary opportunities like hunting, fishing, outdoor recreation, solitude in remote places, and abundant wildlife. At the Wyoming Outdoor Council, we advocate for balanced management of public lands that respects multiple use. And as we look ahead, we’re mindful of working against the backdrop of Wyoming’s changing economy. Our state relies heavily on oil, gas, and coal revenues to fund local government. But the boom-bust nature of resource extraction can create uncertainty and instability. Meanwhile, instead of taking the long view, some lawmakers push short-term agendas — seeking state management or even sale of our public lands. We’ve been successful in defeating these attempts by providing leadership within the Keep it Public, Wyoming coalition, and we continue to support keeping public lands in public hands, robust public participation in resource management, and transparency in decisionmaking.
Many of our public lands in Wyoming are leased or already developed for industrial uses such as oil and gas drilling, hard rock and coal mining, and industrial-scale wind generation. Where development is appropriate on public lands, we advocate for “doing it right,” developing in a way that avoids or minimizes impacts to other resources.
At the same time, there are places in Wyoming that are too special to drill. We advocate for conservation of important values like big game migration corridors, opportunities for back country recreation, and the highest Greater sage-grouse density areas on earth. The opportunity to access wild, open spaces on our public lands contributes to an unparalleled quality of life for Wyoming residents. Visited by millions of people each year, these lands also add significantly to our state’s economy.
MARCH 3, 2020 | Wyofile
BLM: Oilfield developers should protect indigenous women
MARCH 2, 2020 | Casper Star-Tribune
Wyoming divided on federal court decision on oil and gas lease sales
FEB. 28, 2020 | Wyofile
New map aims to demystify remote Red Desert
FEB. 26, 2020 | Wyofile
Emergency letter: Save ‘highest grouse density areas on Earth’
FEB. 24, 2020 | Casper Star-Tribune
Energy Journal: Oil and gas rule change may already be working, new data show
FEB. 10, 2020 | Casper Star-Tribune
Are more changes to the nation’s landmark environmental act on the horizon?
FEB. 5, 2020 | Cody Enterprise
BLM lease sale draws concerns – Big area slated for oil, gas exploration
JAN. 30, 2020 | Rocket Miner
BLM lease of public lands sparks excitement, protests
LATEST FIELD NOTES, NEWS, & ACTIONS
“Last of the Wild” premieres April 22 in Riverton
Last of the Wild brings the Red Desert to the big screen.
It’s time to enact the oil and gas leasing reforms called for by Congress
Finalizing these reforms will ease the burden on taxpayers, protect wildlife habitat and areas with cultural and historic value, and stop “over-the-counter” lease sales at bargain basement rates.
Keep up the pressure to save our sagebrush
With sagebrush habitat in freefall, and ongoing sage-grouse population declines, we should be shoring up the best remaining sage-grouse habitat, not leasing it out for industrial development.
Comments, letters, & other documents
JUL. 16, 2020 | COMMENTS
Draft Resource Management Plan Amendments and Environmental Impact Statement for the Wyoming Pipeline Corridor Initiative (WPCI)
MAR. 12, 2018 | LETTER
Converse County oil and gas project DEIS
OCT. 9, 2017 | COMMENTS
BLM’s proposed amendment to the Pinedale RMP
JAN. 15, 2014 | LETTER
Office of Governor Matt Mead and the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission on orphan oil and gas wells
AUG. 12, 2013 | COMMENTS
BLM’s proposed regulations for oil and gas hydraulic fracturing on federal and Indian lands
APR. 4, 2011 | COMMENTS
Rock Springs RMP revision