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Casper Field Office
Release Date: 05/07/10
Contacts: Lesley A. Collins    

Land Exchange Proposed Between BLM and Howell Petroleum Corporation:
Public will gain access to 160 acres on Muddy Mountain

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office is considering a proposal to exchange approximately 3,500 acres of BLM-administered public land for 160 acres of private land owned by Howell Petroleum Corporation.

Information on the land exchange will be available at scoping meetings in Midwest and Casper, Wyo. The Midwest meeting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, at the Midwest School, 256 Lewis Street. The meeting in Casper will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 20, at the BLM Casper Field Office, 2987 Prospector Drive.

The BLM-managed lands are located within the Salt Creek oil field in north-central Natrona County. In exchange for the public lands, a parcel of land adjoining BLM’s Environmental Education Area on Muddy Mountain, south of Casper will be acquired. BLM will also obtain the sand and gravel mineral rights on the mountain property. The state of Wyoming owns the other mineral rights on the mountain property. The United States will retain all mineral rights on the federal lands in the Salt Creek oil field.

According to Casper Field Office Manager Joe Meyer, "We realize there is a very large disparity in acreages under consideration. By law, land exchanges must be completed on an equal value basis, so the market value of mountain property sharply affects the acreages involved."

Acquisition of the mountain property will provide additional recreational access for the public, as well as afford opportunities to protect and preserve the natural resource values in the Muddy Mountain area. The non-federal lands are a natural undisturbed mountain area with a combination of forest lands, a spring-fed pond, streams with associated riparian areas and sagebrush/grasslands. Important recreation, scenic, natural values and wildlife habitats are of key interest to BLM management on the mountain. BLM can use land exchanges to consolidate public land holdings resulting in better access to public lands and more efficient management.

An electronic copy of the scoping notice and maps are available at:

Comments will be accepted at the public scoping meetings. In addition, you may submit written comments or concerns to the BLM Casper Field Office, Attn: Randy Sorenson, 2987 Prospector Drive, Casper, Wyo. 82604. Comments or questions may also be sent by facsimile to the attention of Sorenson at 307-261-7587; or sent electronically to: Comments are due by June 19, 2010. For more information, contact Sorenson at (307) 261-7522.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

Casper Field Office   2987 Prospector Drive      Casper, WY 82604  

Last updated: 01-11-2011