CHEYENNE — Gov. Mark Gordon named eight Wyoming residents to his newly created Migration Corridor Advisory Group, including two from Sweetwater County.
Over the next three months, the group will develop recommendations to improve the state’s policies related to big game migration on lands that are also suitable for mineral development. It is comprised of people from the oil and gas, mining and agriculture sectors; conservation; recreation; and sportsmen groups and a county commissioner.
“I want to thank these individuals for volunteering their time to help protect our state’s wildlife while supporting strong energy and agriculture industries,” Gordon said in a press release.
The group members and what they represent are: Carbon County Commissioner John Espy; Kathy Lichtendal, conservation, Park County; Maxwell R. Ludington, recreation, Teton County; Mike Schmid, Wyoming Game and Fish Commissioners, Lincoln County; Marissa Taylor, agriculture, Uinta County; Kevin Williams, oil and gas, Sublette County; Dan Stanton, sportsperson’s groups, Sweetwater County; and Marty Stearns, mining, Sweetwater County.
Stanton and Stearns were nominated by the Muley Fanatic Foundation and Wyoming Mining Association, respectively, Gordon’s Communications Director Michael Pearlman told the Rocket-Miner.
“Generally speaking, the governor was seeking members with fresh viewpoints,” Pearlman said. “The governor felt that both men would bring a fresh perspective to the issues the advisory group will be grappling with.”
The meeting schedule is as follows: June 27-28, Rock Springs; July, to be determined, Pinedale; and August, TBD, Lander.
Pearlman said there is no time and location for the June meeting yet.
”As soon as we do, it will be made available,” he said.
All meetings are open to the public. Specific times and locations will be available on the governor’s public schedule.
Wyoming’s major migration corridors are among the longest in North America and are essential to the health of mule deer. The routes also overlap public lands where there are key, existing opportunities for oil, gas and other mineral resource development, as well as agricultural operations, according to the press release.