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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Worland Field Office
 
Release Date: 02/09/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    
  307-347-5207    

Westside Land Conveyance Study Available


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Worland Field Office announces the availability of a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) analyzing the transfer of 9,740 acres of public lands in Big Horn and Washakie counties to the Westside Irrigation District (WID).

The WID is purchasing the land at the appraised value to increase agricultural development in the area. The land transfer to the WID is directed by Public Law 106-485 dated November 9, 2000 and excludes mineral interests.

The FEIS analyzed the effects of actions such as conversion of land to agricultural use and the loss of public access and public resources. Socio-economic effects that could result from the land transfer were also studied.

As directed by public law, proceeds from the sale will be used for land acquisition in the area managed by the BLM’s Worland Field Office that will benefit public recreation, public access, fish and wildlife habitat, or cultural resources.

The public can review the document at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/info/NEPA/documents/wfo/westside.html.

For more information, contact Andrew Tkach at 307-347-5100.



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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Worland Field Office   101 South 23rd      Worland, WY 82401  

Last updated: 02-09-2011