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Jan. 25, 2007
Contact: Bill Lanning (307) 367-5318
Rey Adame (307) 352-0399

BLM Removes Parcels from Lease Sales Offer

Based on review and recommendation from the Pinedale Field Office, the BLM has removed eight (8) parcels originally included in the February 2007 Competitive Oil and Gas Lease sale. The parcels were removed when BLM determined they contained important historic and cultural resources as well as important wildlife habitat. Additional analysis is needed to determine whether these parcels will be offered for lease. The BLM verifies that lands are available and eligible for oil and gas leasing.

One of the removed parcels adjoins an important Mountain Man Rendezvous site, and along with four other parcels, falls within or immediately adjoins an area locally referred to as the Ryegrass. The BLM is working with the Wyoming Game & Fish Department to determine if there are specific migration routes within the Ryegrass Area that are located west and up-migration from the Mesa portion of the Pinedale Anticline. The other deleted parcels contain combinations of flood plains, threatened and endangered species habitat, and visually sensitive areas.

For more information, visit the BLM Pinedale Field Office at 432 East Mill Street, or call Bill Lanning at (307) 367-5318.