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February 23, 2009

   Lorraine Keith, 307-352-0399
    Shelley Gregory, 307-367-5328

BLM Seeks Volunteers for Pinedale Anticline Task Groups

The BLM is asking for volunteers to serve on the Pinedale Anticline Working Group (PAWG) Air, Transportation and Socioeconomic Task Groups.

Volunteers are needed to represent the Town of Pinedale, Sublette County, federal agencies, oil and gas operators, the environmental community, livestock operators, adjacent landowners and the public-at-large. By law, each Task Group must have balanced representation, therefore, some volunteers may not be able participate.

The PAWG was established as an advisory group to provide recommendations to the BLM on the monitoring and mitigation of impacts associated with oil and gas development on the Pinedale Anticline. For more information on the PAWG, please visit their web site at http://www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/field_offices/Pinedale/pawg.html.

For more information regarding the Task Groups or to volunteer, please contact Shelley Gregory at the Pinedale Field Office, 307-367-5328, or e-mail shelley_gregory@blm.gov.

The BLM manages more land – 258 million acres – than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation.  The BLM’s multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.  The Bureau accomplishes this by managing such activities as outdoor recreation, livestock grazing, mineral development, and energy production, and by conserving natural, historical, cultural, and other resources on public lands.