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Release Date: 10/05/10
Contacts: Renee Dana    

Public Meeting in Saratoga for Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative

The Executive Committee of the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) will meet Thursday, October 14, at the Platte Valley Convention Center in Saratoga, Wyo. The meeting will follow a field tour of WLCI projects to be held on October 13.

The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. on October 14, and is scheduled to adjourn by 1 p.m. During the meeting, the WLCI Executive Committee will discuss a conservation plan, conservation leases, and contributed funds management. The committee will hear presentations on Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, bark beetles, and long-term trends of Sage-grouse. The meeting is open to the public, and visitors will have the opportunity to comment.

During the tour, the Executive Committee will visit several sites in the area, with the public welcome to attend. They will meet at the Platte Valley Convention Center on October 13 at 7:45 a.m. or Medicine Bow Conservation District Office at 9:00 a.m. The tour will likely include a wind farm, potential projects to benefit Sage-grouse, vegetation treatments, and river restoration projects. The tour will end around 5:15 p.m.

The WLCI Executive Committee is comprised of representatives from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Wyoming Game & Fish Department, conservation districts, and county commissioners. Wyoming Game & Fish Director Steve Ferrell is currently serving as chairman of the committee. Sweetwater County Conservation District Chair Mary Thoman and BLM Wyoming State Director Don Simpson are serving respectively as first vice chair and second vice chair.

The WLCI is a long-term science-based effort to assess and enhance aquatic and terrestrial habitats at a landscape scale in southwest Wyoming, while facilitating responsible development of the region’s valuable energy resources.

The Platte Valley Convention Center is in Saratoga, Wyo. at 210 W. Elm Ave. More information on the WLCI, as well as a draft meeting agenda, is available at:

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.

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Last updated: 10-05-2010