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Release Date: 04/15/14
Contacts: Shelley Gregory    

BLM Kemmerer Announces Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area Photo Contest

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer Field Office is launching an amateur photo contest to highlight the 32,936-acre Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area (WSA) with photos featuring landscapes or people recreating or volunteering in the area.

“We’re inviting kids and adults to explore and photograph their public lands. The Kemmerer Field Office manages 1.4 million acres in southwest Wyoming and, while some areas are already extensively used, we have many hidden gems like Raymond Mountain,” states Assistant Field Manager Basia Trout.

The WSA’s relatively large size, diversity and rugged terrain, with numerous peaks, ridges and canyons, offers outstanding opportunities for hunting, primitive camping, hiking, backpacking, fishing and sightseeing in the Sublette Mountain Range. There are several creeks, two of which contain a pure strain of Bonneville or Bear River cutthroat trout, and the area has important moose, deer and elk habitat.

To get to the WSA from Cokeville, Wyo., travel northwest on Highway 30 to Border Junction, turn north on Highway 89 for four miles, then turn right on Raymond Canyon Rd. and travel one mile to the WSA parking area. The entire WSA is closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles; travel by foot and horse is permitted.

The photo contest commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act and coincides with the National Public Lands Day event planned at Raymond Mountain on Aug. 22 when volunteers and BLM staff will maintain trails, construct willow exclosures and remove an abandoned radio tower site.

Photos taken in 2014 should be submitted via email to by Oct. 1. Please provide the photographer’s full name, mailing address, age and telephone number in the email. Photos may be in color or black and white and should be no smaller than two megabytes. Photo file names should indicate where the photo was taken within the WSA, if possible. There is a three-photo limit per photographer. Submission of photos gives consent to the BLM to use, modify or reproduce the photo.

Selected photos will be displayed in a slideshow on the BLM’s Raymond Mountain WSA webpage at The top three photos, as judged by a three-person panel, will be framed and displayed in the Kemmerer Field Office at 312 Highway 189 N., Kemmerer, Wyo., and posted on BLM Wyoming’s Facebook page at

For more information, please contact Trout at 307-828-4503.

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: 04-15-2014