WYOMING HAS A PUBLIC LANDS DAY!
In 2016 the Keep it Public, Wyoming coalition—business leaders, hunting and angling groups, conservation organizations, and thousands of individual citizens representing outdoor recreation and other multiple uses—sought to protect Wyoming’s most valuable asset: our public lands. We formed to push back on the state legislature’s repeated attempts to wrest control of public lands in Wyoming, and we played a couple of years of successful defense. We helped defeat several bad bills in state legislative sessions and sent a message to our lawmakers that public lands should stay in public hands.
In 2017 we sought to be more proactive and found legislators willing to sponsor a bill that would create a state holiday—Wyoming Public Lands Day—to celebrate public lands and recognize their value to Wyoming’s economy and their positive impact on our quality of life. In 2018 that bill (SF 67) was introduced but didn’t make it all the way. But we didn’t give up. We’re grateful Rep. Andy Schwartz and (other co-sponsors) didn’t give up either.
We’re happy to report that on February 26, 2019, we succeeded, when HB 99: Wyoming Public Lands Day passed in the Wyoming State Legislature. The next day, it was signed into law as Enrolled Act No. 109 of the Sixty-Fifth Legislature. We understand that Governor Gordon will have a formal bill signing soon! You can find the final version of the law, and its history of passage here:
Stay tuned for more information about additional events and opportunities to celebrate and support Wyoming’s first Public Lands Day, which will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2019.
If you’d like to join us to receive updates and more information, sign the petition below.
You’ll be pledging your support to keep public lands in public hands.