Commissioners Postpone Lands Initiative Appointments

Bill Novotny

Johnson County's Commissioners had planned to make appointments from applicants to participate in Johnson County's Wyoming Public Lands Initiative Advisory Committee during their most recent meeting, but chose to postpone those appointments to further discuss those persons that had applied.

Commission Chair Bill Novotny explained during the meeting.

Novotny continued, saying the county had not received applications from anyone from either energy or recreation interests to represent them on the committee.

The commissioners chose to extend the deadline for the application period to Monday, September 19th to hopefully garner interest from the energy industry or from recreation interests.
The deadline will be just before the commission's next meeting on Tuesday, September 20th, when they are expected to make their appointments to the committee.

According to the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative's website, their goal “is to develop a locally-led, Wyoming-specific, legislative lands package to address designation, release, or other management for Wilderness Study Areas in Wyoming. The WPLI is a voluntary project initiated and led at the county level through a collaborative process that will culminate in legislation forwarded to Wyoming’s Congressional delegation for introduction.”

The Johnson County Wyoming Public Lands Initiative Advisory Committee will be looking at and concentrating on two separate wilderness study areas in the southern part of the county, Gardner Mountain and North Fork.