Wyoming Accepting Applications for Platte Valley Deer Working Group

August 26, 2020 | by National Deer Alliance

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed Executive Order 2020-1 Wyoming Mule Deer and Antelope Migration Corridor Protection earlier this year to support conservation of mule deer and pronghorn, protect landowner rights and accommodate multiple-use opportunities. Order 2020-1 included provisions to establish local area working groups to review migration corridor designations and to make recommendations about additional conservation opportunities.

Now, Governor Gordon and the Carbon County Commission are taking applications to serve on the Platte Valley Local Area Working Group to review the Platte Valley Mule Deer Corridor. “This Executive Order plowed new ground for the nation’s efforts to develop an approach for managing corridors and protecting our economy. This first local group will also be a leader and I urge people interested in serving to apply, especially those from the Platte Valley region of Carbon County or those who work or recreate there,” Governor Gordon said.

The working group will review the effectiveness of corridor designation on the migratory herd and evaluate the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s (WGFD) draft risk assessment report. It will also make recommendations about additional opportunities for conservation as well as examine the impacts of all restrictions on development and use of lands encompassed in the designated corridor. The Platte Valley Local Area Working Group will likely include representatives from the oil and gas, mining, and agriculture sectors, as well as conservation, recreation and sportsmen groups and the Carbon County commissioner.

Individuals interested in serving on the Platte Valley Local Area Working Group can submit an application online. Applications will be accepted through September 18.