Worland Field Office

Land Use Planning

The public lands and federal mineral estate administered by the Worland Field Office are located in two planning areas managed in accordance with separate RMPs: the Grass Creek RMP and the Washakie RMP.

Grass Creek RMP

The Grass Creek Resource Management Plan (RMP) was completed in September 1998. One modification action was completed in 2001 to provide for minor word changes in the Grazing Appendix.

Location

  • Covers BLM-administered lands and minerals in portions of Washakie, Big Horn, Park, and Hot Springs Counties.
  • Covers 968,000,acres of public surface and 1,171,000 acres of federal mineral estate.
  • All public lands are open for leasing, exploration, and development of oil and gas with standard stipulations. Additionally, areas which will be open to leasing with no surface occupancy stipulations include about 20,200 acres in areas of special resource values.
  • For livestock grazing administration, 158 allotments cover 101,451 AUMs, for about 1,171,000 acres.

Plan Decisions

Decisions made in the 1998 Grass Creek RMP focused on the following categories:

  • Rangeland Management
  • Mineral Leasing, Oil & Gas
  • Recreational Uses
  • Wild & Scenic Rivers Recommendations
  • ACEC Designation
  • Habitat Management
  • Forest Management
  • Mineral Location
  • Cultural Values
  • Fire Management
  • Salable Minerals
  • Soil, Water & Air Management
 

Washakie RMP

The Washakie Resource Management Plan (RMP) was completed in September 1988. The RMP was amended in 1997 to designate the Big Cedar Ridge Fossil Plant ACEC and in 1999 to designate the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite ACEC. It has also been maintained on two occasions to clarify the fire suppression terminology and to incorporate healthy rangeland standards and guidelines.

Location

  • Covers BLM-administered lands and minerals in portions of Washakie, Big Horn, and Hot Springs Counties in northcentral Wyoming.
  • Covers 1.23 million acres of public surface and 1.6 million acres of federal mineral estate
  • All public lands not closed are open for leasing, exploration, and development of oil and gas with standard stipulations. Areas closed to leasing are the 11,200 acres included in the Spanish Point Karst ACEC; a no surface occupancy stipulation is being used on 86,100 acres to protect important wildlife habitat and cultural and recreation sites.
  • For livestock grazing administration, 307 allotments cover 142,677 AUMs, for about 1,096,800 acres.

Plan Decisions

Decisions made in the 1988 Washakie RMP focused on the following categories:

  • Rangeland Management
  • Mineral Leasing, Oil & Gas
  • Recreational Uses
  • Wilderness Designation Recommendation
  • ACEC Designation
  • Habitat Management
  • Forest Management
  • Mineral Location
  • Cultural Values
  • Fire Management
  • Salable Minerals
  • Soil, Water & Air Management