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Release Date: 11/28/12
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Public Lands Foundation Honors
Luke Lynch, Wyoming State Director, The Conservation Fund

The Public Lands Foundation (PLF) presented Luke Lynch, Wyoming State Director for The Conservation Fund, with a Landscape Stewardship Certificate of Appreciation and a Citation. The ceremony was held yesterday at the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Casper Field Office (CFO) in recognition of his efforts in community-based landscape stewardship on public lands administered by BLM.

Public Lands Foundation Honors The Conservation Fund
Public Lands Foundation Honors Luke Lynch with The Conservtaion Fund. Pictured left to right, Randy Sorenson, Bill Mortimer, Luke Lynch, and Joe Meyer
PLF member William Mortimer presented the award to Lynch. Joe Meyer and Realty Specialist Randy Sorenson, CFO, were also in attendance.

The PLF honors citizens and organizations annually that work to advance and sustain community-based stewardship on public lands. “This year, we recognize Mr. Lynch and The Conservation Fund and call public attention to individual and group efforts to promote natural resource protection of the Nation’s National System of Public Land,” explained Mortimer.

The North Platte River is an ongoing, multi-year effort that began in 1998. Lynch and The Conservation Fund have been working with the BLM to facilitate acquisitions on lands along the North Platte River, and to develop the infrastructure to enhance recreational use and protect natural resources on those acquired lands. These river front parcels are critical to furthering BLM’s efforts to develop recreation and public access opportunities along the river and allow BLM to protect and enhance the wildlife, fisheries, wetlands, and riparian resources that are present.

The Conservation Fund has been instrumental in negotiating lands acquisitions to fulfill the project goals, and has provided substantial funding for both acquisition costs and infrastructure development.

Six acquisitions have been accomplished, of which, four were negotiated by The Conservation Fund. With The Conservation Fund’s ability to pre-purchase land, several key properties were acquired and held until BLM funding could be obtained. The Conservation Fund was also instrumental in instigating measures for resource protection on the properties. These measures often motivated additional conservation minded groups to join in the greater project with funds, material, and labor.

With The Conservation Fund’s help, BLM has been successful in developing recreational facilities and enhancing opportunities on the river, conserving wetlands and riparian areas, improving fish and wildlife habitats, providing interpretive facilities, and in carrying out meaningful youth education and involvement in managing public lands.

Thanks in large part to The Conservation Fund, over six miles of frontage on the North Platte River have been committed to preservation forever, and over 1,000 acres of fish and wildlife habitat are destined to be managed in harmony with the unique recreational opportunities that are only in the river corridor.

The Public Lands Foundation is a national nonprofit organization, which is made up predominately of retired Bureau of Land Management employees, that advocates and works for the retention of the National System of Public Lands in public hands, professionally and sustainably managed for the responsible common use and enjoyment of the American people.

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 Prosepctor Dr.      Casper, WY 82604  

Last updated: 11-28-2012