Sustainability: Wyoming's Wilderness Areas

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Sustainability: Wyoming's Wilderness Areas
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Mason Cummings, The Wilderness Society

Protecting Wyoming’s Wilderness Study Areas

Across Wyoming’s high deserts, basins, and plains are areas of astounding wilderness quality lands. From colorful, maze-like badlands, to towering buttes, sand dunes, striking uplifts, and river canyons, these wilderness study areas are under threat from some members of Congress who would like to open them to development. We believe that these areas deserve more protection and permanent designation, not less.

Why this place matters

Wyoming’s wilderness study areas comprise thousands of acres of wildlands providing habitat for animals like the mule deer, the sage-grouse, bison and other species.

Unspoiled wilderness
At risk are 42 BLM and 3 Forest Service "wilderness study areas".
Archaeological and cultural sites
Precious sites that go back as many as 9,000 years exist in some of the areas that could lose protections, such as in the Devil’s Playground.
Treasured fossils
These can be found in the Honeycomb Buttes in the Northern Red Desert, which 50 million years ago was covered by a sea.

The threat

Wyoming’s 45 wilderness study areas span the state and play host to incredible landscapes. The Northern Red Desert has wide open spaces and nine WSAs that offer unparalleled scenery, solitude, and wildlife habitats. Greater Adobe Town, another area, is exceptional for backcountry recreation and exploring natural and human history.

Unfortunately, some members of Congress want to release these areas without any evaluation as to how to protect them. This release would entail opening them to oil and gas development, mining, new roads, and other harmful activities.

The Wilderness Society wants to conserve these wilderness study areas and continue to evaluate regions that have wilderness-quality lands.

What we're doing

  1. Advocating legislation

    Urging members of Congress to protect Wyoming’s 45 wilderness study areas via legislation.

  2. Collaborating with communities

    Working with local communities to collaborate and decide what the best future management and designation of these areas should be.

  3. Creating coalitions

    Building coalitions with the people who value these areas.

What you can do
Tell your lawmakers to support Wyoming’s wilderness study areas. Sign up for WildAlert emails to make your voice heard.