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Gordon meets with Haaland; talks missing persons, oil and gas, grizzly issues and more


CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon hosted U.S. Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland on Thursday, August 12 during Haaland’s visit to Wyoming.

Gordon’s office says the governor discussed a range of issues with Haaland throughout the day and advocated for policies he sees as valuable to Wyoming.

Gordon and Haaland visited the Wind River Veterans Memorial on the Wind River Reservation before meeting with other elected officials in Lander. The governor talked about his “work on addressing the issue of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Persons and discussed migration corridors and energy projects,” according to his office.

“This has been a valuable opportunity for the Secretary to see firsthand the critical nature of federal lands for Wyoming people,” Gordon said. “I appreciated her taking the time to be here and to listen to Wyoming perspectives on how her Department has significant impacts on the lives of those who live, work and recreate on federal lands.”

“One key topic for me was our energy and mining industries. I continue to stress how much the mineral industry has done for our state, its importance to our economy, and the impacts and issues created by the Biden Administration’s actions.”

Gordon asked Haaland to allow the Bureau of Land Management to commence March and June 2021 oil and gas lease sales that have been postponed.

“In June, a judge blocked the Biden Administration’s oil and gas leasing ‘pause’ on federal lands,” Gordon’s office said.

Gordon and Haaland talked about the governor’s mule deer and pronghorn migration corridor-related executive order that aims to conserve the species, protect private property rights and accommodate multiple uses on public lands.

“Other topics included: the importance of federal lands in Wyoming; invasive species’ impact on habitat; endangered species; state-led management of grizzly bears; the Bureau of Reclamation; and the Wyoming sage-grouse plan,” according to Gordon’s office.