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Release Date: 02/14/11
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Cody Hosts Open House for Beck Lake Area Scenic Withdrawal

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office will host an open house to discuss the proposed Beck Lake scenic withdrawal on Mon., Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Park County Library in Cody.

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The BLM proposes to withdraw public land in the Beck Lake area from mineral location to protect scenic, open space and recreational resources. The withdrawal was originally proposed to the public in 2003, but has been on hold pending the City of Cody’s plans for the area. The open house will allow the public to become re-acquainted with the project and the BLM to obtain current public comment.

In the proposed action, 521.83 acres of federal land would remain closed to mineral location for a period of 20 years. The area contains substantial quantities of commercial bentonite that would likely be mined if the area was open to the establishment of mining claims.

The Cody Field Office plans to complete an environmental assessment for the proposed withdrawal in 2011 and your input is valuable. BLM resource specialists as well as a representative from the City of Cody will be available at the open house to answer questions. Mineral information about the bentonite deposits present on the property will also be available.

The Park County Library is located at 1500 Heart Mountain Street in Cody. For more information, please contact BLM Realty Specialist Duane Feick or BLM Geologist Gretchen Hurley at 307-578-5900, or stop by the Cody Field Office at 1002 Blackburn Street.

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.

Cody Field Office   1002 Blackburn Street      Cody, WY 82414  

Last updated: 02-24-2011