CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has announced his selections of people to serve on the “Baggs Mule Deer Migration Corridor Local Area Working Group.”

“The Baggs Working Group includes a wide range of perspectives from Wyomingites with a deep connection to the Baggs Mule Deer Migration Corridor area,” Gordon said in a press release Thursday. “Their efforts follow in the footsteps of the recently completed Platte Valley Working Group, and I look forward to receiving their recommendations that will be tailored to the Baggs Migration Corridor.”

The group will hold their first meeting in Baggs on June 17 and will work to support mule deer and pronghorn conservation, protect landowner rights and accommodate multiple land-use opportunities.

The group was formed pursuant to Gordon’s Migration Corridor Executive Order 2020-1 which designated three mule deer migration corridor working groups.

The Baggs working group members include:

  • Local government — Carbon County Commissioner John Espy
  • Agriculture — Meghan Lally and John Hansen
  • Oil and Gas — Clay Evans
  • Mining — Oscar Paulson
  • Conservation/Wildlife/Sportsmen — Fred Linzey and Chris Herold
  • Motorized recreation — Justin Carrico

“The working group’s focus will be to make recommendations about additional opportunities for conservation within the Baggs Migration Corridor, as well as examine the impacts of all restrictions on development and use of lands encompassed in the designated corridor,” Gordon’s office said Thursday. “The group expects to meet at least three times over the coming weeks, with a kickoff meeting in person and a public option to attend virtually, in Baggs on June 17th.”

“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 Baggs Local Area Working Group comprises similar representative sectors. The full text of the Executive Order can be found on the Governor’s website here. More information about the June 17th kickoff meeting, including in-person and virtual details plus the subsequent meeting schedule, can be found on the Baggs Working Group website.”