The Northern Red Desert is threatened by oil and gas drilling
The Northern Red Desert is an immense landscape in western Wyoming largely untouched by human development. With tens of thousands of pronghorn antelope, desert-dwelling elk and migrating mule deer, it hosts unique wildlife populations and recreational opportunities.
Sometimes referred to as “The Big Empty,” the area is renowned for its unspoiled wildands, nationally important historic trails and extraordinary wildlife.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is currently revising the management plan for the Rock Springs Field Office, which includes the majority of the Northern Red Desert. The desert is now in danger of being made available to oil and gas leasing.
The Northern Red Desert has sandstone badlands, sand dunes, wetlands and sagebrush that provide habitat to pronghorn antelope, elk and mule deer, among other species.
The Bureau of Land Management’s Rock Springs Field Office is revising its management plan, which could potentially open the door to oil and gas drilling across 3.6 million acres. This area includes the Northern Red Desert.
The Northern Red Desert’s wildlife and stunning vistas would be harmed by allowing oil and gas drilling in wilderness-quality areas.
The Wilderness Society believes that the new plan should account for the protections needed by the Northern Red Desert, and that this area should be closed to new leasing, as was agreed upon in a 2008 plan.
What we're doing
Advocating for limited leasing
Urging the Bureau of Land Management to limit oil and gas leasing in the Northern Red Desert
Working with local communities to advance national legislation that would permanently protect this area through a national designation
Helping to amplify the voices of people who are often not heard by this administration--the Northern Red Desert includes areas of cultural importance for many tribes in the region.
The Killpecker Sand Dunes make up one of the nation’s longest active sand dune complexes.
Bob Wick, BLM
Sometimes referred to as “The Big Empty,” the Northern Red Desert is renowned for its unspoiled wildands, nationally important historic trails and extraordinary wildlife.
Soren Jespersen, The Wilderness Society
The Northern Red Desert is an immense landscape at almost 700,000 acres, largely untouched by human development. Far from city lights, this area offers excellent opportunities for stargazing.
The BLM's Rock Springs Field Office is revising its management plan for the majority of the Northern Red Desert, which includes badlands like in Greater Adobe Town.
Longest known mule deer migration corridor begins and ends in the Northern Red Desert.