Large land purchase from BLM gives Hunters and Outdoor Enthusiasts more room to roam

Outdoor enthusiasts and Hunters just got way more room to roam, thanks to a $21M land purchase from the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM...
Published: Jun. 4, 2022 at 3:49 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Outdoor enthusiasts and Hunters just got way more room to roam, thanks to a $21M land purchase from the Wyoming Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

The BLM recently purchased their largest property ever from the Marton family, adding 35,670 acres to the national system of public lands South West of Casper.

The purchase unlocks access to 8.8 miles of the North Platte River and extends south into Carbon Count. The combined access to 40,000 acres of BLM and State of Wyoming lands.

“Public lands are often small, isolated parcels with little to no public access, so adding 75-thousand acres and intact block of public land that large is a huge win for Wyoming and the greater public,” said Tyson Finnicum Public Affairs Specialist, BLM High Plains District.

Finnicum said this purchase would also help ease some corner crossing issues helping to create a 118-square-mile contiguous block of public land for more public access ways to public lands.

BLM purchased this 75,000-acre block with the Land and Water Conservation Fund or LWCF, which is funded by offshore oil and gas revenues. No tax dollars were used.

According to BLM, in 2021, travelers spent $285.1 million in Natrona County, generating $16.3 million in state and local taxes. The purchase will ensure the continued conservation of important wildlife habitats for Greater Sage-Grouse, raptors, and big game species.

To see more about BLM acquired land check the map here.

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