Protecting Wyoming’s Lands and Wildlife

Protecting Wyoming’s Lands and Wildlife

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

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For More Information

Contact: Lisa McGee, Program Director

phone: 307.733.3845