Public Easements and Road Vacations: What's at Stake in Park County Wyoming

As hunters and anglers one of the biggest issues facing us today is public access. Knowing where we stand and what are rights are doesn't simply protect us as individuals, it can ensure that access to our public lands doesn't slip from our fingers and disappear. 

A timely example of this is a decision before the Park County Commission in Wyoming right now. Recently a private land owner filed a petition to vacate (eliminate) an easement granting public access to the only road that accesses 160 acres of otherwise landlocked State Lands. Making matters worse, the landowner has put up private road and no trespassing signs, leading many to believe that no public access exists, when according to the the Park County Engineer's office public access does exist because of this easement. 

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On October 31st the Park County Commission will determine whether or not to vacate this public easement (highlighted in yellow below). This public easement is the only thing protecting our access to 160 acres of state lands. If the Park County Commission decides to vacate this easement these public lands will become landlocked. 

This is an important Public Lands access issue and we need sportsmen and women to weigh in. It doesn’t matter if you are a resident of Park County – these are your public lands and the Commissioners need to hear from you before October 31st.

Please let the Park Commission know that losing access to public lands is a non-starter for sportsmen and women. Urge them to oppose the petitions to vacate this easement. It will only take 5-10 minutes and it will make a difference.

  • Please email the commissioners - SKohn@parkcounty.us 
  • and cc the county clerk - crenner@parkcounty.us 

Thank you for lending your voice and standing up for our access to our public lands!

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