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Wyoming holds some of the most pristine and intact ecosystems on the planet, with public lands comprising nearly half of the state’s total area. However, loss of access and increasing demands on our public lands are major threats to the future of conservation and our outdoor pursuits. In order to ensure these public resources and outdoor opportunities remain part of Wyoming’s heritage, we must work to safeguard the programs and policies that are focused on wildlife, habitat, and access to our public lands. Wyoming’s world class wildlife and expansive landscapes are the cornerstones to our outdoor heritage and we need your help to conserve and protect these resources now, and into the future.

 “If you get this stuff into state hands, it is not going to be available because the state would have the power to dispose of it, and when they get in a crunch  like all of them are  they are going to peddle it off and put it into the coffer, not thinking of what that does to the guys like you and me who know where this trail is into the fishing hole, hunting spot, or backpacking area…forget it.”        

~ Former Senator Al Simpson

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Wyoming Wildlife Federation Public Lands Work

  • Leading the efforts of the Wyoming Sportsmen’s Association (8 groups, 30,000 members) when it comes to the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative as well as other public lands work with the Legislature.
  • Hired a highly motivated and talented public lands coordinator, Jessi Johnson, sportswoman.
  • Collaborating with other sportsmen and conservation groups on weekly calls to share information, and collectively advocate and lobby to keep these lands public.
  • Producing information products for major outreach program (website, mailings and legislative bills tracking program) to keep you informed about the land grab movement and what is happening in our state.
  • Secured grant funding from National Wildlife Federation and Pew Charitable Trust for public lands work. Working collaboratively with NWF on state and national campaign to “keep public lands public.”
  • Conducting research and providing testimony at legislative meetings in which public lands are under consideration. This includes efforts by the State Land Board of Commissioners to sway state lands, which may impact access to public lands we currently benefit from.
  • Conducting numerous meetings with government officials, agency staff and conservation partners on this front, while positioning WWF as a leader and a nationally-recognized advocate for public lands.
  • Preparing for the upcoming legislative session, including participating in meetings about potential legislation against public lands and a state’s feasibility study. We anticipate there will be more efforts to take away our public lands and we are creating an army for this fight!

County-By-County – Economic Impact Of Hunting And Fishing Reports

A partnership with University of Wyoming and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department

hikersWWF has commissioned economic impact studies evaluating how hunting and fishing contribute to the tourism economy of each county. The Park County study, completed as a pilot, showed hunting and angling generated more than $23 million in 2015. These studies are intended to provide information on the value of recreation for the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative and the county committees assembled to consider the fate of Wilderness Study Areas and other public lands. By leveraging the economic modeling methods developed for the pilot project, work on the remaining Wyoming counties can be completed. Ultimately, every county and a full statewide assessment will result from this economic research effort. Click this link to read the Economic Impact Reports.

 

What We Do To Help

Wyoming Wildlife Federation has a number of specific Programs that address this issue directly. Click on a Program in the list below to explore it in depth.

ProgramsWounded Veterans and Youth Hunts
June 19, 2018

Wounded Veteran Hunt Program

Wyoming Wildlife Federation participates in the Wounded Veteran Hunt program, which is intended to honor wounded servicemen and women for their duty and service by providing them with a complementary hunting experience in Wyoming’s beautiful backcountry.
Cody McFarland at Camo at the Capitol Camo At The CapitolPrograms
June 18, 2018

Camo At The Capitol

Bringing hunters and anglers together and building an effective and informed advocacy voice is the mission for the Camo at the Capitol program.
Greater Little Mountain CoalitionPrograms
May 4, 2018

Greater Little Mountain Coalition

The Greater Little Mountain Coalition supports a mosaic of management prescriptions that entail conservation, preservation, no surface occupancy, and gold book standard responsible energy development.
ProgramsCommissioners Tag
May 4, 2018

Commissioner Tag Raffle

Providing access and opportunity to all is a core component to our mission - the Hunt Sweeps program provides just that. Instead of auctioning tags to the highest bidder, we seek to bring these once in a lifetime opportunities to individuals who otherwise would not be included in the conversation.
Jess Johnson with Backstrap Meat Hunters For The HungryNewsPrograms
May 4, 2018

Hunters For The Hungry

This program gives hunters the opportunity to give back to local communities and it gives those in need a local, healthy nutritional component to their diet.
Conservation StewardsPrograms
May 4, 2018

Conservation Ambassadors

We aim to build and sustain a network of local conservation advocates and affiliated groups/clubs, that are active in regional conservation issues and projects.

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