Wyoming State Geological Survey
Ronald C. Surdam
Director/State Geologist
Wyoming State Geological Survey
P.O. Box 1347
Laramie, WY 82073



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Robert Waggener
Editor in Chief
307-766-2286, ext. 255

News Release January 15, 2010

WSGS releases map of rare and uncommon Wyoming lands

The Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) has released a new map showing lands in Wyoming that have been designated unique, irreplaceable, rare or uncommon.

“The map will be useful to local, state and federal agencies, land-use planners, those involved in surface mining, conservation groups and residents and visitors interested in Wyoming’s culture, history and uncommon areas,” said Tim Sprague, the WSGS cartographer who compiled the wall-sized map.

The project was a joint effort between the WSGS and Wyoming Environmental Quality Council (WEQC).

“This is the first map of its kind in Wyoming,” said WEQC Executive Secretary Jim Ruby. “It is based primarily on a number of resolutions issued by the WEQC designating areas in Wyoming as ‘unique and irreplaceable’ or ‘very rare or uncommon.’”

Those areas include Adobe Town in Sweetwater County; Bessemer Mountain, Devils Gate, Eagle Roost, Gotheberg Draw, Jackson Canyon and Little Red Creek in Natrona County; and the Fort Phil Kearny, Wagon Box Fight and Fetterman Fight sites in Johnson and Sheridan counties.

To assign the designation, the WEQC must conclude that the lands or sites have a particular archaeological, botanical, geological, historical, scenic, surface or wildlife value. It then must determine if at least one of the values is rare or uncommon within Wyoming.

The map also includes other lands and sites in Wyoming that meet criteria set by the WEQC, including national historic landmarks, National Park Service trails, wilderness areas, nationally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers, national and state parks and recreation areas, scenic highways and byways, national wildlife refuges, state wildlife habitat management areas, monuments, forts, museums, historic ranger stations and some protected petroglyph sites.

WSGS Map Series 92 measures 60 × 50 inches. It is available as a rolled hard copy for $40, plus shipping fees and applicable taxes.

To order, (1) visit the WSGS on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie, (2) contact the sales office at 307-766-2286, ext. 224 or by e-mail at wsgs.sales@wyo.gov or (3) visit the WSGS Online Store.