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Home Working with Section 106 ACHP Case Digest Spring 2004 Wyoming: Development of the Lander Trail, Pinedale
Wyoming: Development of the Lander Trail, Pinedale
Agency: Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is considering issuing a permit to two oil and gas companies to drill 36 wells near Pinedale, Wyoming. The project would be within the setting of the Lander Trail, which is a variant of the Oregon and California National Historic Trails and listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Lander Trail with Oregon trail marker, Pinedale, Wyoming (photo courtesy of Kierson Crume, Bureau of Land Management)
The construction and existence of the proposed wells would intrude on the visual and aural integrity of the historic trail.
In June 2003, the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) requested that the ACHP become involved in the case. Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, the ACHP notified BLM and the Secretary of the Interior the following month that it would participate in consultation on the project.
Other stakeholders in the project include the SHPO, National Park Service Long Distance Trails Office, Oregon-California Trails Association, Ultra Resources, Inc., and Shell Rocky Mountain LLC.
BLM drafted a Programmatic Agreement that addresses the effects of the proposed development on the Lander Trail. The ACHP reviewed the draft agreement and submitted comments to BLM on the draft. The ACHP is currently waiting for a revised draft agreement.
The ACHP recommends that interpretive signs be provided for the trail; that a reclamation plan be developed that ensures that the landscape is returned to its current appearance when the facility is removed in the future; and that the terrain should be used to obscure the wells from the trail.
Staff contact: Alan
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