The Cody Field Office acquired 160 acres of private land within the Brown/Howe Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) near Shell, Wyoming. The ACEC was designated to protect paleontological resources (dinosaur fossils). Land and Water Conservation Fund money was used for the acquisition. The acquisition was completed June 2003.
Little Mountain-Devil's Canyon Ranch AcquisitionIn June, 2003 the Cody Field Office acquired 8,200 acres of the Devils Canyon Ranch on Little Mountain near Lovell, Wyoming through the partnership efforts involving The Trust for Public Land, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Big Horn County Commissioners. Senator Craig Thomas helped arrange a $4 million Land and Water Conservation appropriation that was used to acquire the property and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation contributed $100,000. An additional 3,000 acres is being held by the Trust For Public Land (which acted as a facilitator for the project) until the land can be conveyed to the BLM when funding is available. The acquisition resolved an important public access issue and also involves significant cultural, paleontological, wildlife, and recreation resources.