Speak out today: Protect wild and colorful badlands east of Yellowstone

Do you want to help protect wild lands east of Yellowstone? A Wyoming county is accepting your comments on a proposal for new designations on these critical wild lands. Please comment today! 

This proposal is part of a Wyoming-wide effort – the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative – to address the future of some of the wildest public lands in Wyoming. 

 The Honeycombs WSA, east of Yellowstone. Make your voice heard today on the future of these wild lands! (Photo courtesy C.J. Grimes.)

The Honeycombs WSA, east of Yellowstone. Make your voice heard today on the future of these wild lands! (Photo courtesy C.J. Grimes.)

Washakie and Hot Springs counties, east of Yellowstone, have three places worth protecting: Bobcat Draw's outstanding scenic beauty includes a “Devil’s Garden” of arches, fanciful eroded landforms and grassland plateaus, giving way to steep drainages that provide cover for an array of Bighorn Basin wildlife. Cedar Mountain is characterized by the mountain itself and its rugged topography with pockets of old-growth juniper. Honeycombs is known for its dramatic hoodoos and steep hills of sagebrush steppe where songbirds and other wildlife live. Together these wild places make up nearly 60,000 acres in Wyoming that we’re working to protect through the Public Lands Initiative.

 The three WSAs we'd like to see protected are in green on this map section east of Yellowstone National Park.

The three WSAs we'd like to see protected are in green on this map section east of Yellowstone National Park.

The draft proposal diminishes current protections by opening more than 90 percent of these lands to new oil and gas production without improving protections in other places. Join us in asking that Honeycombs be protected from new surface disturbance, like roads.

The proposal also designates a mere 8 percent of the area as wilderness. We're asking that all of Bobcat Draw (including the 1,000-acre state parcel inside it) be designated. 

Please comment today and make your voice heard on protecting these wild lands east of Yellowstone. Thank you for supporting our work!

-- Jenny DeSarro, Wyoming Conservation Associate