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Pinedale Field Office
Release Date: 06/07/11
Contacts: Shelley Gregory, 307-315-0612    

Improvements Made to Historic New Fork River Crossing

A Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) crew recently helped the Sublette County Historical Society construct a fence, boardwalks, and a bridge across an irrigation ditch at the historic New Fork River crossing of the Lander Road. The fence correctly delineates the property boundary and the bridge will enable visitors to more easily access the historic site, which will open to the public for day-use activities in the summer of 2012 after all planned improvements have been completed.

WCC crew buildling fence and installing a gate.
WCC crew buildling fence and installing a gate.
WCC crew and new bridge.
WCC crew and new bridge.
The New Fork River crossing was acquired as mitigation to offset impacts to the Wagner Variant, a seven mile section of the Lander Road that traverses the Pinedale Anticline natural gas field. The variant was abandoned in favor of a short-cut to the south and its location and function as part of the 256-mile Lander Road segment of the California National Historic Trail was forgotten until its re-discovery in August of 2009 by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Pinedale Field Office (PFO) archaeologists.

The BLM PFO and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, the Sublette County Historical Society, the Alliance for Historic Wyoming, the Oregon California Trails Association and the Lander Trail Foundation, along with SWEPI L.P., and Ultra Resources Inc., completed a programmatic agreement to mitigate adverse effects to the setting of the Lander Road and allow continued development of the Pinedale Anticline natural gas field. The BLM and PacifiCorp, along with those same historic preservation partners, also completed an agreement to resolve impacts from a large transmission line project that spans the same area.

Both agreements funded the purchase of the 82-acre riverfront property for the Sublette County Historical Society which will operate the site in consultation with the BLM and other stakeholders. A permanent conservation easement on the property will be held by The Wyoming Land Trust.

For more information, please contact Dave Crowley at 307-367-5323 or, or visit the BLM Pinedale Field Office at 1625 W. Pine St., Pinedale, Wyo., or contact Clint Gilchrist, Sublette County Historical Society, 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: 06-08-2011