Date: Feb. 9, 2007
Contact: Renee Dana, 307-352-0227
Rey Adame, 307-352-0399
DOI and State of Wyoming to Host Wyoming
Landscape Conservation Initiative Public Open Houses
The U.S. Department of the Interior and the State of Wyoming are hosting a series of public open houses throughout Southwest Wyoming to provide information and address comments regarding the recent Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) proposal.
The Green River Basin, roughly the size of Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts and New Hampshire combined, contains an estimated 83 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, or enough to fuel the United States for three years. The same landscape is home to 100,000 deer, 40,000 elk, 100,000 pronghorn antelope, 8,000 moose, 1,200 bighorn sheep, and the highest density of greater sage grouse within their western range.
In order to conserve this world-class wildlife and facilitate the responsible development of national energy resources, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, and Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, and Wyoming Department of Agriculture have proposed the WLCI.
The WLCI is a long-term, science-based effort that will identify, evaluate, and implement on-the-ground conservation projects that are most needed in Southwest Wyoming. The inter-agency approach will help ensure that projects designed to benefit wildlife habitat achieve tangible, on-the-ground results.
Public meetings will be held in four BLM field offices on the following dates. The open houses are scheduled for 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at each location.
Rawlins – Thursday, Feb. 15
Kemmerer – Tuesday, Feb. 20
Rock Springs – Wednesday, Feb. 21
Pinedale – Sublette County Library – Thursday, Feb. 22
For more information, please visit www.wlci.gov, or call Renee Dana of BLM Rock Springs Field Office at (307) 352-0227.