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BLM Wants to Withdraw South Pass Public Land

The Bureau of Land Management is proposing to close off nearly 5,000 acres of public land on South Pass for the next two years while a plan is developed for designating portions of Sweetwater River as wild and scenic.

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Ask The Experts—What happened to the BLM web site geocommunicator.gov?


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