Protecting Wyoming’s Lands and Wildlife

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 ecosystems and healthy wildlife populations. The opportunity to access these landscapes and open spaces—and to regularly encounter wildlife—contributes to an unparalleled quality of life. Visited by millions of people each year, these lands also add significantly to our state’s economy.

Heritage Landscapes

Whether for ecological, cultural, or recreational reasons, Heritage Landscapes have such tremendous value today and for future generations that they should be protected from industrial development. Protective designations within federal land-use plans, other land management decisions, and state and federal legislation can be vehicles for safeguarding these areas, but the overarching goal is to secure strong, lasting protections whenever possible.


Heritage Landscapes Include

  • Absaroka/Beartooth Front
  • Adobe Town
  • Bighorn Front
  • Fifteenmile Basin
  • Fortification Creek
  • Lander Front
  • Little Mountain
  • Northern Red Desert/Jack Morrow Hills
  • Prospect Mountain

  • Shirley Basin
  • Wind River Front/Big Sandy Foothills
  • Wind River Valley/Dubois area
  • Wyoming Range
  • BLM areas of critical environmental concern

  • Citizens’ proposed wilderness areas
  • Historic trails and cultural sites
  • National Forest lands
  • National parks, national monuments, and wildlife refuges
  • Wilderness study areas

Lands Subject to Development

Gaspatch5_CR_webMany 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 wind generation. Where these uses are not inappropriate in a particular landscape, and in response to existing or proposed development, the Wyoming Outdoor Council will advocate “doing it right.”

Wildlife, Habitat, and Ecosystems

Hap_Ridgway_IMG_1081_smThe Outdoor Council works to ensure the health and sustainability of Wyoming’s wildlife, habitat, and ecosystems, not only in response to development proposals, but also within long-term land-use plans and through state and federal policy initiatives.

Current Issues and Activities

Join us for the 2016 SHIFT Festival

SHIFT, the organization dedicated to leveraging outdoor recreation for conservation gains, is delighted to share that tickets for the 2016 SHIFT Festival in Jackson, WY are now available. Outdoor Council members are eligible for a 25% discount on the SHIFT Summit (daytime events) with

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Media Release: New Report Issued by the Wyoming Outdoor Council Details State Legislature’s Public Land Grab Efforts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2016 Wyoming Public Lands: For Sale and for the Few? New Report Issued by the Wyoming Outdoor Council Details State Legislature’s Public Land Grab Efforts LANDER — Some Wyoming state legislators are pursuing a long-term

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Show your support for the Northern Red Desert and other SW Wyoming landscapes

Five years ago, the Rock Springs BLM sought your perspective for a land-use plan that will determine management for Adobe Town, the Northern Red Desert, and other landscapes in Sweetwater and Sublette counties. Now, they want to hear from you

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Love recreating at Johnny Behind the Rocks? Comment today!

The Lander BLM is recommending that surface mining at Johnny Behind the Rocks be restricted so as not to disrupt the recreational opportunities there. The Fremont County Commission has decided to oppose this proposal, but they are reconsidering on August

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For More Information

Contact: Lisa McGee, Program Director

phone: 307.733.3845