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August 20, 2008

    Sarah Beckwith 307-347-5207
    Cindy Wertz 307-775-6014

Senator Craig Thomas
 to be Honored at Renaming Ceremony

Image showing  the Craig Thomas Little Mountain Special Management Area.
A dedication ceremony for the renaming of the Craig Thomas Little Mountain Special Management Area near Lovell, Wyo. will be held on Friday, Aug. 29, at 11a.m. 

In March of 2008, the U. S. Department of the Interior renamed this 69,200 acre area east of Lovell to honor Senator Thomas’ efforts to acquire key pieces of private land in the area for management by the BLM. This acquisition was important to ensure public access to the area.

The public is welcome to join BLM, members of Sen. Thomas’ family, and other partners at the Cottonwood Campground, about 13 miles from Lovell. Speakers will include Sen. Enzi and Sen. Barrasso as well as Mrs. Thomas.

Cody Field Manager Mike Stewart said, “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to recognize Sen. Thomas and his family by renaming the special management area in his honor. His assistance was invaluable and the public will benefit for years to come.”

Sen. Thomas was instrumental in helping acquire approximately 8,200 acres in June 2003 near Little Mountain. The acquisition of these lands improved access to thousands of acres of state and federal lands on the western slope of the Bighorn Mountains, allowing for enhanced recreational opportunities including hunting, fishing, caving, camping, and horseback riding.

Stewart said, “In addition, the Craig Thomas Little Mountain Special Management Area includes breathtaking mountain vistas, significant cultural and paleontological resources, and wildlife including elk, deer, Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep and a population of greater sage-grouse.”

Directions from Lovell: Travel east on U.S. Highway Alt. 14 approximately 13 miles. Turn left onto the John Blue Canyon Road located just east of the causeway. The causeway crosses the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. After turning onto the John Blue Canyon Road, take an immediate right onto the Cottonwood Creek Road. Follow signs to the dedication site which is located 5.5 miles east on the Cottonwood Creek Road. See attached map.

For more information, please call the BLM Cody Field Office at 307-578-5900.

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Last updated: 08-20-2008