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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Kemmerer Field Office
 
Release Date: 05/08/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    
  307-315-0612    

BLM Kemmerer Guides Public through Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office conducted a guided public tour of the Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) in April. Thirteen participants – some from as far as Salt Lake City - hiked among the unique geologic formations of Raymond Canyon and learned about the WSA concept and BLM efforts to preserve and enhance the area.

The 32,936-acre Raymond Mountain WSA is located in the Sublette Mountain Range dominated by the Twin Creek formation with elevations ranging from 6,250 to 9,313 feet. The WSA serves as habitat for several big game species including elk, mule deer and moose. Huff, Raymond, Coal and Thomas Fork creeks support a healthy fish population dominated by genetically pure Bonneville cutthroat trout.

Those wishing to experience the WSA themselves can access the area by traveling northwest on Highway 30 from Cokeville to Border Junction, turning north on Highway 89 for four miles, then turning right on Raymond Canyon Rd. and traveling one mile to the WSA parking area. The WSA is closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles with travel by foot and horse permitted.

The Kemmerer Field Office would like to remind the public of the Raymond Mountain WSA photo contest commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act and coinciding with the Aug. 22 Raymond Mountain National Public Lands Day event to maintain trails, construct fencing around willows and remove an abandoned radio tower site.

Photos taken in 2014 should be submitted to BLM_WY_RaymondMountainWSA@blm.gov by Oct. 1. Please provide the photographer’s full name, mailing address, age and telephone number in the email. Photos may be in color or black and white and should be no smaller than two megabytes. Photo file names should indicate where the photo was taken within the WSA, if possible. There is a three-photo limit per photographer. Submission of photos gives consent to the BLM to use, modify or reproduce the photo.

For more information, please contact Wally Mierzejewski at 307-828-4508.



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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Kemmerer Field Office   312 Highway 189 North      Kemmerer, WY 83101  

Last updated: 05-08-2014