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Release Date: 04/16/12
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    
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Bureau of Land Management Buffalo Field Office to Revamp Weston Hills Recreation Area:
Wyoming Conservation Corps and Devon Energy Join in April 20 Clean Up


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office, along with Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) and Devon Energy’s Gillette Field Office, will donate time on April 20 during National Volunteer Week to clean up the Weston Hills Recreation Area. The 26 volunteers from these organizations will focus on improving conditions on the recreation area’s seven miles of all-terrain and utility-terrain vehicle paths.

“We are thrilled to have Devon Energy and the Wyoming Conservation Corps volunteer with us at the Weston Hills Recreation Area. Volunteers are essential to BLM, and these kinds of projects really benefit the entire community," said BLM Buffalo Field Office Manager Duane Spencer.

“BLM has been working with Devon Energy and WCC on the ground and in the field offices for the last couple of years and this helps foster relationships,” added Casey Freise, BLM Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist.

The team of BLM, WCC and Devon volunteers will participate in activities ranging from trash pick-up and fence repairs, to guard rail installation, road closure and reclamation along the paths. The Weston Hills Recreation Area consists of approximately 9,000 acres of BLM-administered public lands adjoining the Thunder Basin National Grassland. The area is jointly managed with the USDA Forest Service. Weston Hills is located 25 miles northeast of Gillette.

“Participating in events that improve our communities is a top priority for Devon,” said Kevin McAulay, Production Superintendent at Devon Energy’s Gillette field office. “We are pleased to continue our partnerships with the Buffalo field office of BLM and the WCC, two organizations dedicated to supporting our local environment.”

The WCC, Devon and BLM field offices throughout Wyoming have partnered on community initiatives for more than five years.

“The Wyoming Conservation Corps has been proud to partner with Devon Energy and the BLM for a number of years, and we're excited for our future working relationships. As a Serve Wyoming and AmeriCorps program, we value the opportunities the partnerships have afforded our students,” said Brittany Thompson, WCC project coordinator. “This particular initiative is a perfect example of how our organizations have worked together to make an impact in our communities through a focus on the betterment of our environment.”

About Devon Energy

Devon Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of natural gas and oil. The company’s operations are focused onshore in the United States and Canada. In Wyoming, Devon has approximately 160 employees and operates primarily in four areas: The Powder River Basin, Wind River Basin, Big Horn Basin and Washakie Basin. One of the state’s largest producers, Devon is committed to strong citizenship by investing in emergency response services, youth and education, the environment and civic causes. For more information, visit www.devonenergy.com .

About Wyoming Conservation Corps

Founded in 2006, the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) builds on the long legacy created by the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the Youth Conservation Corps of the 1970s. The WCC continues this legacy by carrying out the highest caliber of service for Wyoming’s public lands. The organization is part of the University of Wyoming and strives to instill the value of education into their students by providing class credits and extended learning opportunities throughout the program year. Participation in the WCC program provides members with an opportunity to learn firsthand the complexity involved with current natural resource management decisions in Wyoming.



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: 04-17-2012