Governor Gordon launches first local area working group for Platte Valley Mule Deer Corridor

Group’s work will support the Governor’s migration corridor Executive Order

August 17, 2020

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Earlier this year, Governor Mark Gordon signed the Migration Corridor Executive Order 2020-1. The Order supports conservation of mule deer and pronghorn, protects landowner rights and accommodates multiple-use opportunities. The Executive Order designated three corridors and now the Governor and the Carbon County Commission are taking applications to serve on the local area working group to review the Platte Valley Mule Deer Corridor.

The broad process that led to the Executive Order began with the establishment of the Migration Corridor Advisory Group in May of 2019. The group included representatives from the oil and gas, mining, and agriculture sectors, as well as conservation, recreation and sportsmen groups and a county commissioner. The Platte Valley Local Area Working Group will comprise similar representative sectors.

“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,” the Governor said.

The working group will review the effectiveness of corridor designation on the migratory herd and evaluate the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s 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 full text of the Executive Order can be found on the Governor’s website here. To apply to serve on the working group apply through this form. The application period closes on September 18th.