“This is the perfect time for amateur photographers of all ages to explore the Raymond Mountain WSA and capture the colors of fall for the contest,” suggests Acting Field Manager Basia Trout. The WSA offers outstanding photographic, hunting, hiking, fishing, sightseeing, snowshoeing and primitive camping opportunities in the Sublette Mountain Range.
The photo contest commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which made the U.S. the first country to define and designate wilderness areas through law. Today, the BLM manages 221 wilderness areas encompassing 8.7 million acres and 528 WSAs totaling 12.7 million acres.
To get to the WSA from Cokeville, Wyo., travel northwest on Highway 30 to Border Junction, turn north on Highway 89 for four miles, then turn right on Raymond Canyon Rd. and travel one mile to the WSA parking area. The WSA is closed to motorized and mechanized vehicles; travel by foot and horse is permitted.
Photos taken in 2014 should be submitted to BLM_WY_RaymondMountainWSA@blm.gov by Oct. 1. The photographer’s full name, mailing address, age and telephone number should be included in the email. Photos may be in color or black and white and should be no smaller than two megabytes. Photo file names should indicate where the photo was taken within the WSA, if possible. There is a three-photo limit per photographer. Submission of photos gives consent to the BLM to use, modify or reproduce the photo.
Selected photos will be displayed in a slideshow on the BLM’s Raymond Mountain WSA webpage at www.blm.gov/wy/st/en/programs/nlcs/wsa/hdd/raymondmtn.html. The top three photos, as judged by a three-person panel, will be framed and displayed in the Kemmerer Field Office at 430 Highway 189 N., Kemmerer, Wyo., and posted on BLM Wyoming’s Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/BLMWyoming.
For more information, please contact Trout at 307-828-4503.