U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BLM Revisits the Old West at Cheyenne Frontier Days:
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.