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BLM Revisits the Old West at Cheyenne Frontier Days:
Employees connect with public to highlight the purpose of multiple land use

By Kristen Lenhardt

External view of the newly remodeled BLM General Land Office along Wild Horse Gulch at Cheyenne Frontier Days. BLM employees volunteered to transform a tin shed into the original land office replica. Photo by Kristen Lenhardt

External view of BLM's newly remodeled General Land Office in Wild Horse Gulch at Cheyenne Frontier Park. BLM employees volunteered to transform the original tin building into a replica of the original land office.
Photo By Kristen Lenhardt
 

BLM specialists (L-R) Sheri Morris, Ed Heffern, Donna Nye & Lesley Smith work at the General Land Office during Cheyenne Frontier Days. Photo by Kristen Lenhardt.

BLM specialists (L-R) Sheri Morris, Ed Heffern, Donna Nye & Lesly Smith work at the General Land Office during Frontier Days.
Photo By Kristen Lenhardt

Taking a stroll down Wild Horse Gulch at Cheyenne Frontier Days is like taking a step back in time to the days of the old west. Buildings reinvented to look like old-fashioned shops stand side by side, while locals dressed up in vintage western wear walk up and down the Gulch. At the end of the row, a white building displaying a large sign spelling out, “Land Office,” attracts tourists from around the world desiring a small taste of how the west was won.

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming State Office has used Cheyenne Frontier Days as an opportunity to interact with the public for 16 years. The first 11 were spent in a small booth in the fairgrounds pavilion, but the BLM desired to expand its outreach further, transforming a once lifeless tin shed into an original General Land Office replica. 

Each day of the ten-day celebration, BLM members put outfitted in western vests and prairie skirts to talk to tourists about recreational activities on public lands, wild horses, energy development, or simply to welcome them to Wyoming.

This year, more than 2,500 people visited the General Land Office. Our specialists shared information on what the BLM does today, and explained the history of how BLM came to be, beginning with its roots as the General Land Office.

“Cheyenne Frontier Days is a great outreach event for the BLM in Wyoming because it allows us to have face-to-face interaction with the public,” says BLM Wyoming Acting State Director, Don Simpson.  “We hope visitors will have a better understanding of who we are and what we do.”

The Wyoming BLM also offered a 16 to18 month-old, black and white filly for adoption during the event. The colorful filly was gathered from the White Mountain herd management area (HMA) outside of Rock Springs, Wyo. last November and was adopted by a local bidder for $850. The new owners named the horse Cheyenne.

“Our adoptions during Cheyenne Frontier Days are usually very successful,” commented Alan Shepherd. “We have consistently found good homes for our wild horses during this adoption and have the opportunity to share information about our program and upcoming adoptions.”

The General Land Office continues to be an avenue for the BLM in Wyoming to interact with the public it serves and convey its local role in the agency’s national multiple land use mission.

  

 

 

Don Simspon, acting BLM Wyoming State Director, greets a visitor at the BLM General Land Office. Photo by Kristen Lenhardt

 BLM interns Amal Alami (left) and Jenna Valle (right) visit with Cheyenne Frontier Days tourists at the BLM General Land Office. Photo by Kristen Lenhardt.Alan Shepherd, BLM Wild Horse Specialist, looks on as two kids interact with a wild horse recently adopted at Cheyenne Frontier Days. Photo by Kristen Lenhardt.BLM specialists Mark Gorges (left) & Roger Alexander (right), dress the part as they work at the General Land Office in Wild Horse Gulch. Photo by Sheri Morris.

Don Simspon, acting BLM Wyoming State Director, greets a visitor at the General Land Office.
Photo By Kristen Lenhardt

BLM interns Amal Alami (left) and Jenna Valle (right) greet Frontier Days visitors at BLM's General Land Office.
Photo By Kristen Lenhardt

Alan Shepherd, BLM Wild Horse Specialist, looks on as children interact with a wild horse recently adopted during Frontier Days.
Photo By Kristen Lenhardt

BLM specialists Mark Gorges (left) and Roger Alexander (right), dress the part as they work at the General Land Office.
Photo By Ranel Capron


 
Last updated: 08-20-2008