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WYO Considers Making it Official: Adobe Town is “Uncommon”

October 23, 2007

Rock Springs, WY – Wyoming's Adobe Town is so unusual that the state is considering making it official by bestowing a "Very Rare or Uncommon" designation. This would help protect that portion of the Red Desert from too much development.

Carmi McLean with the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance explains recent experience with Red Desert oil and gas drilling issues has led many to believe the government doesn't care what locals think. She believes this effort could be different, however, because it involves the state government rather than the federal.

"The public can really make a difference. If a lot of people show up, or submit comments, the state will listen."

Hearings are being held this week in Rock Springs. To qualify as "Very Rare or Uncommon," an area must have historical or archaeological values, religious interest, wildlife habitat, fossil resources, and/or unusual geologic formations.
McLean says Adobe Town has all of the above.

"This is a very unique area. It's a mini Grand Canyon. It's got historical and archaeological values, and wildlife."

Hearings will be held at the BLM Rock Springs Field Office October 24 and 25. The Environmental Quality Council is gathering the comments and testimony.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - WY