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November 3, 2006
Contact: Bob Ross

BLM denies application for cell phone tower on public lands

The Bureau of Land Management’s Lander Field Office denied an application for a proposed cell phone tower on Beaver Rim, immediately north of U.S. Highway 287, about 35 miles east of Lander, Wyo.

The application, filed by Union Telephone Company of Mountain View, Wyo., would have included an 80-foot tall cell phone tower, a prefabricated equipment building, a generator building, a 350-gallon propane tank, a buried power line, and an access road.

Based on a review of existing BLM land-use planning decisions, and the consideration of public comments, BLM determined that the proposed telecommunications site on Beaver Rim does not conform to the 1987 Lander Resource Management Plan (RMP). The proposed location would have placed the facilities within an area of critical environmental concern. That area was identified in the RMP for special management emphasis to protect significant plant, animal, cultural, and paleontological resources.

BLM has suggested an alternative site on Cedar Rim, about 12 miles northeast of the proposed site. A copy of the decision is available at the Lander Field Office.