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March 23, 2009

   Lesley A. Collins

Casper BLM Reviews Grazing Allotments

Within the next few months, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office will be reviewing several grazing allotments to determine if they meet Wyoming Standards for Healthy Rangelands and Guidelines for Livestock Management.

These standards and guidelines were approved in 1997 by the Secretary of the Interior and are used to improve and/or maintain the health of all BLM-administered public lands.

Wyoming standards and guidelines ensure that watersheds are functioning properly; water, nutrients, and energy are cycling properly; and water species are protected along with habitats for endangered or threatened species.

The BLM plans on evaluating the following allotments in Natrona, Converse and Goshen counties this year: 55 Ranch, 7X, Arnold Dam, Bremer, Brott, Canal, Cole Creek, Fort Laramie Canal 2, Fort Laramie Ranch, Goshen 1, Goshen 3, Hanna Lakes, Hornbuckle, Interstate Canal, Interstate Canal 2, Interstate Canal 3, Interstate Canal 4, Walker Creek, North Platte Ditch, North Fork, North Platte River Loop, Pine Ridge Creek, Sand Draw 2, Spring Canyon, Spring Canyon 2, Death Call Draw, and Willy Draw.

Anyone wishing to participate in the review must submit a letter or email of interest to the Casper Field Office; 2987 Prospector Drive; Casper WY, 82604; casper_wymail@blm.gov. For more information call Rangeland Management Specialists Matthew Roberts or Bruce Parker at (307) 261-7600.

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.

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