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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Casper Field Office
 
Release Date: 07/06/09
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins 307-261-7603    

BLM Casper Field Office Reviews Archery Range Access Road for Natrona County Roads, Bridges and Parks Department


Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office received a right-of-way (ROW) application from the Natrona County Roads, Bridges and Parks Department for an existing access road into the Archery Range.

The road provides access into the Archery Range located on Casper Mountain south of Hogadon Ski Area and is adjacent to the Jackson Canyon Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC). The facility is owned by Natrona County and operated jointly by the County Roads, Bridges and Parks Department and the Lost Arrow Archers. The road has served the archery range since 1968 when the land was conveyed to the county by BLM under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act.

The land conveyance required the county to secure legal public access to the range. Issuance of a ROW was delayed pending implementation of the Bald Eagle Habitat Management Plan for the Jackson Canyon ACEC. The access road proposal was analyzed in BLM’s Casper resource management plan (RMP) approved December 7, 2007. Both plans identified the need to provide suitable legal access to the archery range, while at the same time giving consideration to the sensitivity of the bald eagle winter roost and the potential for additional access and residential subdivisions to encroach on this ACEC.

According to Casper Field Manager Joe Meyer, issuing the ROW will provide another mechanism to protect the ACEC and bald eagle winter roost. "We see this as a win-win situation for the county, for landowners in the area, and for the bald eagles, who all share a very special corner of Casper Mountain. While the ROW will allow for public access to the Archery Range, stipulations included in the ROW will ensure the road will remain nonintrusive to the ACEC."

BLM prepared an environmental assessment (EA) addressing the ROW. The EA identifies potential resource impacts and measures to mitigate those impacts, and it guides the way in which development of the road across public land will occur. Since the road has been in use for many years, the ROW primarily guides the manner in which maintenance and upgrading will be carried out by the county. A map of the project is available on the BLM website at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Casper.html.

Questions about the ROW proposal can be directed to Randy Sorenson at (307) 261-7522. BLM will accept comments on the proposal through July 30, 2009. Please submit written comments to the BLM Wyoming Casper Field Office, Attn: Randy Sorenson, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyoming, 82604; by fax at 307-261-7587; or by email at casper_wymail@blm.gov.



The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2013, the BLM generated $4.7 billion in receipts from public lands.
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Last updated: 07-13-2009