BLM may exchange land with Wyoming ranch to create 10K acre public access area in Campbell County

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Bureau of Land Management is looking at a possible land exchange with the Quarter Circle 7 Ranch to create a 10,347 acre contiguous block of public land in northwest Campbell County.

The proposed exchange would involve the ranch providing about 2,300 acres in exchange scattered BLM-administered land parcels, BLM Wyoming said in a press release Wednesday. The agency has identified 4,678 acres of scattered parcels that could be used in different configurations to reach a final land exchange agreement with the Quarter Circle 7 Ranch. Not all 4,678 acres will necessarily be exchanged as the BLM said only the amount needed to achieve equalized value would be given to the ranch.

The 10,347 acre block the deal would facilitate includes both state and federal land that would be accessible for outdoor recreation opportunities like hunting and hiking. Private land in the area blocks or limits public access to the state and federal lands, the BLM said.

The BLM’s Buffalo Field Office is seeking public input on the proposed land exchange.

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“Part of our assessment is determining whether the exchange is in the public’s interest,” Todd Yeager, Buffalo Field Office manager, said. “Hearing from the public early in the process is important.”

The BLM will hold a public scoping meeting regarding the proposed exchange from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at the Campbell County Public Library, 2101 S. 4-J Road in Gillette.

People can provide public comment until August 8. Comments can be provided via the BLM’s ePlanning website for the proposed land exchange or via email to BLM_WY_Buffalo_WYMail@blm.gov. Comments can also be sent by mail to: BLM Buffalo Field Office, Attn: Quarter Circle 7 Land Exchange, 1425 Fort Street, Buffalo, WY 82834.