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November 20, 2006
Contact: Andrew Tkach

Open House Spotlights Sheep Mountain / BLM Land Exchange

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office will host an open house on Wednesday, Nov 29, to present details of a proposed land exchange.

If approved, the proposal will acquire 1,828 acres for public use on top of Sheep Mountain, west of Cody, in exchange for BLM lands of equal value in the Stonebridge Reservoir/North Fork area, and other isolated parcels. The Sheep Mountain acreage is currently owned by The Nature Conservancy.

The exchange will accomplish several land conservation goals. It will:

  • provide public access to Sheep Mountain for hunting and hiking, while maintaining the mountain pasture as a BLM grazing allotment;
  • improve public access to federal lands on Bald Ridge, and provide fishing access to Luce Reservoir in the Two Dot Ranch area;
  • protect an important wildlife migration corridor/winter range area on Sheep Mountain, and maintain agricultural use of North Fork lands by placing a non-development conservation easement on the Stonebridge Reservoir parcel.

“There are many winners here - wildlife, ranching, conservation and public access” said Laura Bell, Director of The Nature Conservancy’s Absarokas Program.

The open house will be held from 4:30 pm until 7 pm at the Cody Field Office, 1002 Blackburn Avenue, where staff will interpret maps and answer questions about the proposed exchange.