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Cody Field Office
Release Date: 07/18/14
Contacts: Sarah Beckwith    

BLM Cody Prepares for Research at Natural Trap Cave

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cody Field Office is preparing for a paleontological research excavation at Natural Trap Cave in late July to mid-August, 2014. Natural Trap Cave is located in the northern Big Horn Mountains, northeast of Lovell, Wyo., in Big Horn County.

Researchers from Des Moines University in Iowa and other academic institutions in New York, Washington, Colorado, and Australia plan to reopen previous excavations in the cave to conduct ongoing paleontological, genetic, paleoclimatological research over the next three summers. Access to the cave will only be granted to the project principals and members of their crew with specific training. After field work is complete, the cave and work areas will be recontoured and restored to pre-work conditions. Safety is the topmost concern during the project.

Questions or comments about this project should be directed to BLM Wind River Bighorn Basin District Public Affairs Officer Sarah Beckwith at (307) 347-5207, or BLM Cody Field Office Geologist Gretchen Hurley at (307) 578-5900.

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.

Cody Field Office   1002 Blackburn      Cody, Wyoming 82414  

Last updated: 07-18-2014