In 2018, then Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke signed a 20-year administrative mineral withdrawal, protecting 30,000 acres of public lands in Yellowstone’s northern gateway from two proposed gold mines.
CHECKING THE CHECKERBOARDS
In the mid-1990s, numerous land trades were orchestrated to protect public lands from development, including more than 100,000 acres on the Gallatin-Custer National Forest, just outside Yellowstone’s northwest corner.
SAFEGUARDING THE BEARTOOTH TUNDRA
More than 22,000 acres of fragile high alpine country in the Beartooth Mountains were designated in 1988 as a Research Natural Area.
WYOMING RANGE PROTECTED
More than 1.2 million acres were withdrawn from energy development in 2009.
OIL AND GAS DRILLING BAN
In 2003, a drilling ban of 370,000 acres on Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest was put into place.
GRAZING BUYOUTS FOR WILDLIFE
Over 400,000 acres were retired from livestock grazing through voluntary grazing allotments buyouts in Wyoming and Montana.
PASSAGE OF WYOMING WILDERNESS ACT
In 1984, the Wyoming Wilderness Act passed and added more than 1 million acres of Wilderness and wilderness-study areas to the system.
WYOMING WILDLIFE RESOURCES TRUST
In 2005, legislation was passed to establish the $200 million Wyoming Wildlife & Natural Resources Trust. This trust enhances and conserves wildlife habitat and natural resources.