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Buffalo Field Office

Lands & Realty

The BLM has established a web site from which the public may now access land and minerals information from the agency's LR2000 database. This site provides direct access to services that previously required a visit to an information access center at one of the BLM's regional offices. Information concerning oil and gas leasing, rights-of-way, mining claims locations, etc., may be found by visiting BLM's Lands & Minerals Records LR2000 website.

To apply for a right-of-way, a company, community, or individual needs to meet with a BLM Realty Specialist and present a description of the piece of land and the purpose for the request.

The BLM’s Buffalo Field Office processes a variety of lands actions including:

Rights-of-way grants - are authorizations issued for a variety of compatible uses of public land. Examples include roads, pipelines, communication sites, power lines, and telephone cables. The applicant should contact the Buffalo Field Office and present a description of the project and the purpose for the request. Find out more about rights-of-way application procedures.

Temporary Use Permits - are short-term authorizations ranging from six months to three years for temporary working areas in relation with rights-of-way.

Land Use Permits - are issued for six months to three years for temporary use of the land usually involving minor projects.

Film Permits - are special permits to use public land for commercial film productions including creation of motion pictures, television documentaries, videos, sound tracks, and advertisements.

Recreation and Public Purpose (R&PP) - are leases or patent (title) to land for public works projects associated with state/local government entities or non-profit organizations. Uses within the Buffalo Field Office area include the Green Belt.

Land Sales - occur very infrequently. It is rare and unusual for BLM to offer land in the Buffalo Field Office administrative area for sale. The preferred method of land disposal is by land exchange where a public benefit is obtained.

Land Exchange - exchanges are considered if the proponent possesses land with resource values that BLM wishes to acquire. Exchanges are considered with willing proponents who share equally in processing costs with BLM. The exchange must be in the public's interest as determined in the initial scoping process.

Land and Water Conservation Funds - are occasionally used to acquire land or interest in land having special/unique resource values. These projects are funded out of Washington, DC for acquisition of fee title or conservation easements of unique resource values.

Trespass - is the unauthorized use of public land and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and may result in financial penalties against persons found to be in trespass. Trespass activities include dumping trash and debris, constructing/maintaining roads, farming/irrigation, and occupation without authorization. If you observe what you believe to be an unauthorized act or use, please contact the Buffalo Field Office to have the activity investigated.

Withdrawals - Occasionally BLM reserves or sets aside land from the operation of the public land laws, including establishing mining claims because development of the locatable mineral estate is not compatible with the purpose(s) for which the land is being used.

Completed Projects

Cow Creek Land Exchange Phase II

On December 28, 2011, the Buffalo Field Office acquired approximately 684 acres of private land in Campbell County. The land is bordered on three sides by lands owned by the 60 Bar Ranch that were acquired in a previous exchange. This exchange compliments an 18,000-acre block of public land lying approximately 15 miles northeast of Gillette, Wyo.. About 9,000 acres in this area were acquired in phase 1 of the Cow Creek Exchange. The selected public lands consist of 896.32 acres of equal value lands located in Campbell and Sheridan counties. With the exception of one parcel, the selected public lands are scattered, isolated parcels which lie within ongoing ranching operations. One parcel of about 40 acres is located near the city of Gillette.