Plan will protect 1.6 million acres of wildlife corridors and cultural resources in the state’s Red Desert
Aug. 18, 2023 - The Bureau of Land Management just released the long-awaited resource management plan for the Rock Springs Field Office which covers more than 3.6 million acres of public lands in Wyoming. This region stretches from the Jack Morrow Hills to the Great Divide and is recognized for its critical big game habitat including the remarkable 150-mile mule deer migration corridor, significant cultural resources and world-class recreation.
The plan will designate 16 Areas of Critical Environmental Concern totaling over 1.6 million acres. It will also close over 60% of the planning area to oil and gas development.
“We are thrilled to see a plan for the Red Desert region that actually values and manages wildlife habitat and cultural and recreational resources- not just oil and gas,” said Conservation Lands Foundation Executive Director Brian Sybert.
“The Conservation Lands Foundation applauds the agency for working with local communities and conducting government-to government consultation with tribes to produce a balanced plan that will serve the residents of Wyoming.”
The release of the draft kicks off a 90-day public comment period and a separate 60-day comment period for the proposed ACECs.