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Release Date: 08/02/13
Contacts: Lesley A. Elser    

Casper BLM is Still Accepting Public Comment on the Travel Management Planning

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Casper Field Office is still accepting public comments on their current travel management planning project.  The Casper Field Office has extended the original Bates Hole planning effort to include the Alcova Fossil Area and the Jackson Canyon as well as the Bates Hole Travel Management Area.  All three travel management areas are located west of Casper and south of Wyoming State Highway 220 in Natrona County.

For clarification purposes the title of this document has been changed from the Bates Hole Travel Management Plan to The Travel and Transportation Management Plan for the Alcova Fossil Area, Jackson Canyon and Bates Hole Travel Management Areas.

The Travel Management and Transportation Management Plan will address both motorized and non-motorized access and travel within the Alcova Fossil Area, Jackson Canyon, and Bates Hole Travel Management Areas (TMAs).  These areas were identified and delineated in the Casper Resource Management Plan as focus areas for travel management planning based on resource concerns and public use.  Completing a single Travel and Transportation Plan streamlines the planning process and ensures a consistent management approach.

BLM hosted a public scoping meeting on June 28, 2013 at the Casper Field Office. Scoping is a starting point in which the public can identify issues to be addressed in the plan. Issues already identified include damage to vegetation, sensitive soils, important wildlife habitats, minerals, rights-of ways, additional transportation needs, motorized and non-motorized recreational use, and the impacts of off-route motorized use.

Written comments should be addressed to: Bureau of Land Management; Attention:  Kathleen Lacko; 2987 Prospector Drive; Casper, WY 82604.  Please include “Travel Planning” in the subject line. Comments can also be submitted via email to:

For more information including maps and updates on the project go to: or contact Kathleen Lacko at (307) 261-7682.

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: 08-02-2013