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Not “Wild” About Order

Governor Matt Mead says he is looking for an opportunity next month to visit with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar about the secretarial order penned last December instructing the Bureau of Land Management to set aside areas of interest for their wilderness values. As yet, Mead says, he has heard no response to his letter to Salazar asking him to rescind that order. Recently, the Wyoming County Commissioners Association passed a resolution voicing its opposition to the order on the basis that it was adopted without respect to mandatory procedures, and the National Association of Counties sent a letter of their own adding support to Wyoming’s position. Mead says he is pleased at their standing shoulder to shoulder with him on the issue. Mead says the issue has multiple impacts on local economies, affecting everything from oil and gas to ranching and tourism.

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