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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Casper Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/23/13
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    
  307-261-7603    

Bureau of Land Management and Wyoming State Lands Plan Cleanup of Coal Mountain Road


The Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Wyoming Office of State Lands, the City of Casper, Natrona County Road and Bridge, private landowners, and local businesses are joining together to clean up Coal Mountain Road.

On June 1, volunteers are invited to join a group of concerned citizens and local sportsmen to clean up the public, private and Wyoming states lands within Coal Mountain Road area.  Nearly 200 volunteers are expected for the Coal Mountain Road Cleanup.

The cleanup will begin at 9 a.m. on county road 401 off of Highway 220 west of Casper. Volunteers will be divided into groups and assigned to clear debris from designated areas.  All trash and recyclable materials will be brought to a centralized location and loaded onto a roll-off dumpster. Volunteers are asked to wear appropriate clothing, sunscreen and work gloves and to bring lawn rakes, shovels and a friend.  The event will end around 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

"This volunteer effort is a grassroots project that was started and managed by a group of local people who care about these lands.  They have pledged their time and resources to the success of this project.  The least we can do is to lend a hand," said Casper Field Office Recreation Planner Eve Skillman.  "The primary goal is to clean up the area and to have a good time."

Volunteers are encouraged to fill out the BLM volunteer form in advance located at: http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/Recreation.html. Please mail completed forms to: Eve Skillman, Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Dr., Casper, WY 82604.

Coal mountain road is a 5,040 acre area 10 miles west of Casper that has been used by the public as a non-authorized dump site and shooting area.

The State Board of Land Commissioners (SBLC) allows the public to use most trust lands with some limitations.  "Regrettably, there are people that have little regard for how they leave the land.  But their selfishness is thankfully overshadowed by the thoughtfulness of the volunteers who have stepped forward to clean up these state trust lands," said Director Ryan Lance, of the Office of State Lands and Investments.  "I appreciate the good people that have offered up their time and considerable effort to restore a piece of land that has seen repeated abuse; land that primarily exists to support schools and the children of our state.  To this end, if this section continues to see abuse, it may have to be closed to the public," he added.

For more information about please call Eve Skillman at 307-261-7517 or the Office of State Lands and Investment at 307-777-7331.

The Board of Land Commissioners (BLC), consisting of the State’s five elected officials, is responsible for managing state trust lands to preserve, protect and optimize revenue for the trust. Income from the trust benefits public schools, children, educators and designated beneficiaries. Under the direction of the BLC, the Office of State Lands and Investments administers approximately 3,529,527 million surface acres and 3,944,159 million sub-surface acres (state trust lands).



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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Casper Field Office   2987 Prospector Drive      Casper, WY 82604  

Last updated: 05-23-2013