Gov. Mark Gordon is taking one more opportunity to hear what Wyoming residents think about proposed rules to protect migrating ungulates.

An impromptu one-day “listening tour” announced this week will take the governor through four central and western towns Saturday: Rawlins, Pinedale, Kemmerer and Rock Springs.

“In each community,” the governor’s office said in a statement, “he will engage with residents and local officials about the proposed executive order, which is intended to create a state-led approach to support conservation with multiple-use opportunities.”

A draft of the governor’s policy was released in December and comments were subsequently gathered.

The draft order calls for varying levels of protection within migrations routes, depending on how animals use them. In bottlenecks, “no surface disturbance” would be permitted. In high-use areas, disturbance should be limited to levels that “don’t cause avoidance.” In medium- and low-use areas, the policy calls for avoiding disturbance “where possible.”

The order sets up a protracted, multilayered process for protecting migrations, including assembling working groups for proposed routes. The governor will have final say.

Gordon’s tour is hosted by the Wyoming County Commissioners Association and the counties where meetings are set.

He is scheduled to appear in Rawlins 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the Carbon County Higher Education Center. The Pinedale stop is 10 to 11 a.m. at the Sublette BOCES building at 665 N. Tyler Ave, and the Kemmerer visit is set for 12:30 to 1:30 at the Kemmerer Event Center. In Rock Springs, he will meet 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. at the White Mountain Library.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067 or env@jhnewsandguide.com.

Mike has reported on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem's wildlife, wildlands and the agencies that manage them since 2012. A native Minnesotan, he arrived in the West to study environmental journalism at the University of Colorado.

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