CHEYENNE – Gov. Mark Gordon signed his Wyoming Mule Deer and Antelope Migration Corridor Protection Executive Order at a public ceremony Thursday afternoon in the Capitol.
It was the culmination of an approach that supports conservation, protects landowner rights and accommodates multiple-use opportunities, according to a news release.
“This executive order speaks to what Wyoming is,” Gordon said in a prepared statement. “We can come together on difficult issues, we can solve problems together, and we can lead the way. Every piece of this has truly been a Wyoming solution.”
The broad process that led to the executive order began with the establishment of the Migration Corridor Advisory Group last May. The group met three times in 2019, and included representatives from the oil and gas, mining and agriculture sectors, as well as conservation, recreation and sportsmen groups and a county commissioner.
The order outlines a science-based approach for identifying potential migration corridors. The process includes an in-depth evaluation, a public comment process, and the creation of area working groups that would include landowners and elected officials prior to any corridor designation.
“I believe we have crafted an excellent approach,” Gordon said. “People in Wyoming love their wildlife and love their jobs, and we can do both. We are leading the nation in this effort.”
The full text of the executive order can be found on the governor’s website at https://tinyurl.com/migrationexecorder.