BLM sets Dec. 3 meeting on elk range proposal

Nov 25, 2012 From staff reports

The plan would extend the withdrawal of public mineral estate from exploration.

The Bureau of Land Manage-ment Lander Field Office will host a public meeting 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Dubois Town Hall to discuss a proposal to extend the withdrawal of public mineral estate from exploration on more than 10,000 acres in the East Fork Elk Winter Range near Dubois. The notice of the proposed withdrawal extension for the East Fork Elk Winter Range was published in the Federal Register on Oct. 18, which opened a 90-day public comment period. The purpose of the public meeting is to gather input about this extension, which would last for a period of 20 years.

In March 1993, Public Land Order No. 6960 withdrew 10,535.30 acres of public mineral estate from location or entry under U.S. mining laws to protect the East Fork Elk Winter Range in Fremont County. Roughly 4,000-5,000 elk and 45 bighorn sheep use this area as winter range.

The PLO that established this withdrawal will expire in March 2013.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department began purchasing and managing land in this elk winter range in 1941 to maintain a healthy, productive elk herd, and it continues to fund management and habitat development on the land within the winter range. The BLM manages public land and subsurface minerals within the East Fork Elk Winter Range in coordination with WGFD. The elk herd draws sportsmen and outdoor enthusiasts who can hunt and observe elk and other wildlife in their natural surroundings.

Written comments may be provided at the meeting or to the LFO by Jan. 16. Comments should be sent to the Bureau of Land Management, Lander Field Office, 1335 Main St., Lander, WY 82520, or e-mailed to with "East Fork Withdrawal" included in the subject line.

Before including an address, phone number, e-mail address or other personal identifying information in the comments, senders should be aware that their entire comment --including personal identifying information --may be made publicly available at any time.

Dubois Town Hall is located at 712 Meckem Street.

For more information, call BLM Wildlife Biologist Sue Oberlie at 332-8400.

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