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Release Date: 12/02/13
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

Public Lands Foundation Honors Bear River Divide Efforts

The Public Lands Foundation (PLF) recognized the Bear River Divide Steering Committee with a Landscape Stewardship Award honoring private citizens and organizations that work to advance and sustain community-based stewardship on landscapes that include public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The BLM, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Bear River Commission, permittees, wildlife and energy interests formed the Bear River Divide Steering Committee in 1993 to resolve allotment issues through collaboration and negotiation.

In 1997, the steering committee produced the Bear River Divide Coordinated Management Plan. The plan covers approximately 491,000 federal, private and state acres and 46 BLM grazing permits inside the Angelo, Coal Mine Draw, Collett Creek, Crawford Mountain, Cumberland Flats, Cumberland/Uinta, Elk Mountain Pasture, Elkol, Haystack Draw, Rock House and Twin Creek allotments in southwest Wyoming.

The ceremony was held at the BLM Kemmerer Field Office with PLF member Don Schramm presenting the award. “The Public Lands Foundation is pleased to recognize the Bear River Divide Steering Committee for their significant contributions towards the tradition of public stewardship of America’s lands,” stated Schramm.

"The Kemmerer Field Office is grateful for the committee members' hard work and for their long-term impact on the management of these public lands," added Acting Kemmerer Field Manager William Mack.

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.

Kemmerer Field Office   312 Highway 189 North      Kemmerer, WY 83101  

Last updated: 12-02-2013