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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Lander Field Office
 
Release Date: 06/04/10
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

BLM Hosts Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Public Meeting


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Lander Field Office (LFO) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, June 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Headwaters Art and Conference Center in Dubois, Wyo., to discuss the Whiskey Mountain Bighorn Sheep Locatable Mineral Withdrawal Extension.

On Sept. 14, 1990, the Secretary of the Interior withdrew 9,610 acres of BLM and federal minerals on private lands from mineral location and entry within the Whiskey Mountain Wildlife Habitat Management Area (WHMA). Approximately 1,000 bighorn sheep utilize this area as winter range.

The BLM, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Forest Service have been coordinating the management of Whiskey Mountain WHMA since 1969. These agencies have jointly developed management strategies and habitat activities designed to provide long-term protection to bighorn sheep and crucial wildlife habitat in the area. The bighorn sheep population and associated habitat draw thousands of people annually, including sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts who can hunt and view bighorn sheep and other wildlife in their natural surroundings.

The Public Land Order that established this withdrawal will expire soon unless it is extended. The purpose of the public meeting is to gather public input about this extension, which would last for a period of 20 years. Written comments may be provided at the meeting or to the LFO by July 15. Comments should be sent to the Bureau of Land Management, Lander Field Office, P.O. Box 589, Lander, WY 82520, or email lander_wymail@blm.gov.

For more information, please contact the LFO at 307-332-8400.



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: 06-04-2010