- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming County Commissioners Association is launching an initiative to review whether thousands of acres of federally owned land in Wyoming should be preserved or opened up for other uses.

Association Executive Director Pete Obermueller says the effort plans to unite local officials, environmental groups, energy industry representatives and others with the goal of presenting a statewide land-use package to Congress.

Obermueller says it could take months or years to complete.

The association announced the launch of its initiative during a meeting of the Legislature’s Select Federal Resource Management Committee on Wednesday.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/1Q38UIP ) that the federal government manages more than 700,000 acres of land in Wyoming that is designated as Wilderness Study Areas. These lands carry strict land-use restrictions.

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Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle, http://www.wyomingnews.com

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