The BLM, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Bear River Commission, permittees, wildlife and energy interests formed the Bear River Divide Steering Committee in 1993 to resolve allotment issues through collaboration and negotiation.
In 1997, the steering committee produced the Bear River Divide Coordinated Management Plan. The plan covers approximately 491,000 federal, private and state acres and 46 BLM grazing permits inside the Angelo, Coal Mine Draw, Collett Creek, Crawford Mountain, Cumberland Flats, Cumberland/Uinta, Elk Mountain Pasture, Elkol, Haystack Draw, Rock House and Twin Creek allotments in southwest Wyoming.
The ceremony was held at the BLM Kemmerer Field Office with PLF member Don Schramm presenting the award. “The Public Lands Foundation is pleased to recognize the Bear River Divide Steering Committee for their significant contributions towards the tradition of public stewardship of America’s lands,” stated Schramm.
"The Kemmerer Field Office is grateful for the committee members' hard work and for their long-term impact on the management of these public lands," added Acting Kemmerer Field Manager William Mack.
The Public Lands Foundation is a national nonprofit organization, which is made up predominately of retired Bureau of Land Management employees, that advocates and works for the retention of the National System of Public Lands in public hands, professionally and sustainably managed for the responsible common use and enjoyment of the American people.