Wyoming Public Lands Initiative Information and Meeting Schedule
WPLI's legislation will develop a county-led lands package in Wyoming
Press Release, ShareTrails.org
January 11, 2017
In early 2016, the Wyoming County Commissioners Association (WCCA) organized the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative (WPLI). The core goal of the WPLI is to develop a county-led, Wyoming-specific, state-wide legislative lands package to address designation, release, or other management for Wyoming's 42 Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and 2 U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs), that is broadly supported by public lands stakeholders in Wyoming.
A Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is a special designation that applies to federal lands that are managed to protect wilderness characteristics until Congress designates the WSA as wilderness or directs the land management agency to manage the area for other multiple uses.
The WPLI is a voluntary project initiated and led at the county level that will culminate in legislation forwarded to Wyoming's Congressional delegation. If a county chooses to participate in the WPLI, that county's Board of County Commissioners agrees to be bound by the WPLI Principles & Guidelines document. While the WPLI is intended to allow for flexibility at the county or multi-county level in the development of final recommendations for legislative text, process integrity and stakeholder inclusion is critical to a successful conclusion. The last major lands package passed by Congress for Wyoming - the Wyoming Wilderness Act- was the product of locally driven efforts. Thirty-one years have elapsed since passage of that Act and 24 years since the BLM first began managing Wyoming's WSAs as de-facto wilderness.
Up-to-date information on the WPLI can be found by visiting the WPLI Information Hub. There you will find, among other things, a list of participating counties, county-specific process and guideline information, Advisory Team membership information, meeting minutes, maps and documents, notices for public meetings, proposals submitted to an Advisory Committee, and the WPLI Principles and Guidelines.