The state’s first celebration of Wyoming Public Lands Day was on September 28, 2019. We’ve celebrated on the third Saturday every September ever since.
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—joined together to protect Wyoming’s most valuable asset: our public lands. We successfully pushed back on attempts to wrest control of public lands in Wyoming, and then we set our sights on some positive legislation — 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. It took us two years and two legislative sessions to accomplish that goal, but we can now recognize this success with the passage of Enrolled Act #109 from the 2019 legislative session! Wyoming is just the third state in the nation to recognize a state Public Lands Day.