Cheyenne, WY – July 5, 2013 – Wyoming’s State Board of Land Commissioners (SBLC), along with the Wyoming Conservation Corp (WCC) and several Devon Energy’s employees, recently volunteered during a 10-day conservation project in Mormon Canyon in the Powder River Basin, and Atlantic Rim in the Washakie Basin. The program ran from June 25-July 3.
The goal of the partnership is to help preserve and protect Public and State Lands while providing University of Wyoming students with a hands-on learning experience about energy development throughout Wyoming. This will be the sixth year Devon has sponsored the WCC in support of preservation, restoration and education projects in Wyoming.
“Being a good steward for the environment is a top priority for Devon,” said Dale Fritz, Devon vice president of the Rockies. “Our employees live and work here, and we look forward to partnering with the WCC and the SBLC on these important conservation projects that protect State Lands.”
On June 28, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, as a member of the SBLC, toured Duncan Ranch while Devon’s Baggs Field Office employees constructed an enclosure fence and removed a juniper encroachment to protect riparian areas on the ranch.
“This partnership demonstrates how government, educational institutions and industries routinely come together in Wyoming to improve our way of life in the Cowboy State,” said Cloud. “I’m proud to participate in this volunteer effort and commend everyone involved for their commitment to preserving and protecting State Lands.”
Projects throughout the 10-day volunteer program included:
Duncan Ranch/Mormon Canyon: WCC volunteers helped to construct a two-mile trail and a parking lot fence, and remove juniper encroachment into riparian areas on the ranch. They also provided vehicular access restriction to State Trust Lands by erecting gates and placing boulders in strategic areas where resource damage has occurred. Representatives from the Secretary of State’s office, Auditor Cynthia Cloud and Converse County Commissioners toured the site.
Bear Gulch in Atlantic Rim: State Lands and BLM staff, along with WCC and Devon volunteers constructed a fence around a spring to protect the water source from damage by livestock and wildlife on State and BLM Lands.
About the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments Through the 1890 Wyoming Act of Admissions, Congress granted two sections of land in every township to support public schools and other designated state institutions. The SBLC, consisting of the State’s five elected officials, is responsible for managing State Trust Lands to preserve and protect trust lands and optimize revenue for its trust beneficiaries. The SBLC administers approximately 3,529,527 million surface acres and 3,944,159 million sub-surface acres. The Office of State Lands and Investments provides administrative support to the SLIB and is responsible for carrying out the directives and decisions of the Board. https://lands.state.wy.us/ About Wyoming Conservation Corps Founded in 2006, the WCC builds on the long legacy created by the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the Youth Conservation Corps of the 1970s. The WCC continues this legacy by carrying out the highest caliber of service for Wyoming’s public lands. The organization is part of the University of Wyoming and strives to instill the value of education into their students by providing class credits and extended learning opportunities throughout the program year. Participation in the WCC program provides members with an opportunity to learn firsthand the complexity involved with current natural resource management decisions in Wyoming. http://www.uwyo.edu/reslife-dining/wcc/
About Devon Energy Devon Energy is a leading independent energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of oil and natural gas. The company’s operations are focused onshore in the United States and Canada. In Wyoming, Devon has approximately 160 employees and operates primarily in four areas: The Powder River Basin, Wind River Basin, Big Horn Basin and Washakie Basin. One of the state’s largest producers, Devon is committed to strong citizenship by investing in emergency response services, youth and education, the environment and civic causes. For more information, visit www.devonenergy.com.