Federal agency announces protection of recreation zone
LANDER, Wyo. (AP) — A portion of public land in Wyoming has been withdrawn from mining.
KTWO-AM reports U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced last week that the Department of Interior’s U.S. Bureau of Land Management will withdraw the Johnny Behind the Rocks Recreation Zone public land near Lander for 20 years for the protection of recreational and cultural resources.
The public land order published in the Federal Register on Friday withdraws about 7.5 square miles (19.4 square kilometers) of federal land from location and entry under the U.S. mining laws, but not from leasing under the mineral leasing laws.
Public input gathered during a 2016 comment period showed broad support for the Johnny Behind the Rocks mineral withdrawal.
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