The Wyoming Outdoor Council advocates for conservation on public lands. Richard Garrett, Jr., energy and legislative advocate for the Wyoming Outdoor Council, outlines several legislative proposals high on the group’s radar. Read Garrett’s blog post, “A lot is at stake in the 2011 legislative session.”
A proposal will be considered again to task the State Division of Economic Analysis with determining the “optimum use” for all land in the state (private, state, and federal). A similar bill passed last year but was vetoed, wisely, by then Gov. Dave Freudenthal. That bill featured a modeling process that would have created a bias toward finding so-called optimum uses for Wyoming lands that would almost always have involved resource development and extraction. In other words, the determined “optimum use” would likely never have been open space, important wildlife habitat, historical preservation, ecotourism, iconic landscapes, or conservation.