That's a tricky place for a state park. A lot of it is one good storm surge away from being part of Matagorda Bay. Would normally be a good thing, but there are quite a few tracts like that sitting idle bc of lack of funding and there's not a lack of revenue rolling in.
Wyoming can and does sell state land. In fact all a lease holder has to do if he has a lease is recommend it for sale. The state land board is top heavy with those in the ag industry. Gov. Mead himself is a rancher. You can not camp or have an open fire on state land, and motorized vehicles (atv's) are largely banned, as the lease holder gets to set the rules. You CAN camp and have a fire on BLM.
I've seen too many State parcels closed off to access by lease holders to think anything will change. Ranchers & Ag interests control the legislature...They made the rules for the ranchers. If the State of Wyoming gets control of BLM & NF, kiss DIY hunting goodbye, unless you have real deep pockets. Who do you think passed the law requiring all Non-Residents to hire a guide while hunting in Wilderness areas? The Ag Legislature at the request of Ranchers/Outfitters. JMO
There's a whole list of things to do to improve that situation, but pretty much all of them involve getting livestock off public land to remove unnecessary competition with wildlife. Could likely make up the difference in AUM fees by upping sales tax and collect off the NRs.
NEW CHADRON CREEK RANCH WMA
OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
Chadron, Neb . - The recently purchased Chadron Creek Ranch Wildlife Management Area, 11 miles south of Chadron in the Pine Ridge, is open for public use, according to Gary Schlichtemeier, district wildlife manager at the Nebraska Game and Parks Commissions district office in Alliance.
"The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission approved purchase of the new WMA at their May meeting," Schlichtemeier said, "and weve recently completed our initial boundary marking and access to a parking lot. Grants from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and federal Wildlife Restoration Program funds will pay for the $1.85 million purchase."
"Chadron Creek Ranch WMA is located in the Pine Ridge escarpment in Dawes County," he added. "The 2,449-acre area is characterized by the interspersion of ponderosa pine, mixed prairie, deciduous canyons, woodlands, and moderately rough topography. The tract is approximately two miles south of Chadron State Park and a good portion of the area borders U. S. Forest Service property. To maintain the native flora and fauna of the tract, the area will be managed as a "natural area" - this ecosystem approach to management will be the guiding principle."
"Wildlife management areas are open to the public for hunting, trapping, and other outdoor recreational uses unless otherwise posted," Schlichtemeier added. "While the boundary fences are marked and a basic parking area is available, we will be completing additional work in the future. We wanted to have the area open to the public by the beginning of the 2003 Nebraska archery deer season on September 15."
Schlichtemeier added that fire danger throughout the Panhandle is very high.
"The taller stands of dried vegetation make it critical that everyone works to prevent the outbreak of wildfire. Avoid parking vehicles where the dried grasses can come in contact with the vehicles exhaust system and catalytic converters and be extremely careful with other fire hazards."
For additional information on the new Chadron Creek Ranch WMA, contact the district office of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, East Highway 2, Box 725 Alliance, NE 69301, (308) 763-2940.
Sounds like Nebraska is doing a better job than the Feds.
Thank you for making my argument for me Topgun.
Holy Smokes! Took a few Keystone's to read most of that! HAHA!
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