Governor Gordon declares Wyoming Public Lands Day

JACKSON, WY — Tuesday’s stormwater ribbon-cutting ceremony included an extra surprise — a “special event within a special event,” said Jackson Hole Airport ED Jim Elwood.

While Governor Mark Gordon was in town, he took the opportunity to officially proclaim September 28 as “Wyoming Public Lands Day.” Wyoming is now the third state in the country to formally declare a Public Lands Day.

Representative Andy Schwartz sponsored the bill. The Wyoming state legislature passed the bill earlier this year, it just needed Gordon’s signature and proclamation that “the fourth Saturday in September will be Wyoming Public Lands Day.”

“Anybody who lives in Wyoming appreciates the value of public lands,” Gordon said on Tuesday. And our public lands are many. Gordon rattled a few off before singing the proclamation:

“We’re in a national park that has some of the best climbing in the country. We’re just south of the oldest national park, and just a bit north of one of the coolest national monuments on Fossil Butte. We have forest lands just here to the east, then we have Bureau of Land Management lands. We are truly blessed to live in Wyoming.”

Gordon continued to read the proclamation and sign it into law.

Wyoming Public Lands Day simply asks the public to appreciate to get out and appreciate the state’s vast public lands. And to appreciate them, Gordon said, means to take care of them. “I invite residents of our state to participate in a state-wide observance. I encourage people across the state to engage in service and habitat restoration projects; to fish, hunt, hike, camp, play, create, watch wildlife, watch airplanes (said as a plane flew overhead), find solace in those lands,” Gordon proclaimed.

Organizations around the state are organizing local celebrations of Wyoming Public Lands Day with stewardship projects. Here in Jackson, several organizations have joined forces to plan a day full of stewardship. The day will kick off at the JH-Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center at 8 a.m. September 28 with guest speakers, free breakfast from Creekside Deli, and an information hub for multiple volunteer activies planned.

Wyoming legislator Andy Schwartz will speak to his role in introducing House Bill 99 and what public lands mean to Wyoming.

The Forest Friends’ Public Lands Day celebration has been selected as a sponsored NPLD site by the National Environmental Education Foundation- one of only 30 highlighted public land events in the country.

  • Activities planned for the day include:
    Sheep Gulch Boat Launch with Snake River Fund and BTNF to work on the new access trail
  • Bryan Flats with Backcountry Horsemen and BTNF working on the Wyoming Range National Recreation
    Trail
  • Cache Creek Clean-up with Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of Pathways and BTNF (originally planned for Sept. 21, JHCA rescheduled to coincide with the first Wyoming Public Lands Day.)
  • Cunningham Cabin Project with Grand Teton National Park
  • Fence-pulls with JH Wildlife
  • CDT re-route with BTNF Blackrock Ranger District on Togwotee Pass

Visit btfriends.org for more info or neefusa.org/npld for an event map.

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