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Victory at Adobe Town—State Protects a Piece of the Wild West

November 30, 2007

Rock Springs, WY – Area residents and conservationists have long known the special treasure Adobe Town is to Wyoming, and now lawmakers have made it official. State officials have granted the "Very Rare and Uncommon" designation to the wild area used by Butch Cassidy and other outlaws in Wyoming's past, which is also home to prehistoric archaeological sites and a wealth of wildlife. The move protects the land from uranium, oil shale, and non-coal surface mining, by state law. Carmi McLean with the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance says her organization hopes the state will now work with the federal government to stop oil and gas leases in the area.

"There are places that are appropriate for oil and gas, and there are places that are not. Adobe Town is a place that's not appropriate for any kind of industrialization. (Oil and gas) Leasing can only be done by a federal agency. We're hoping now that the state has taken a very strong stand, they will become a partner with the federal agencies to protect all of Adobe Town from oil, gas and other extractive and industrial uses."

Private lands are not included in the approximately 180,000 acres covered by the designation, so property owners within the area will retain the use and access rights to their land.

Dondrea Warner/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - WY