State Trust Land Restrictions Under Consideration


When Wyoming became a state on July 10, 1890, the federal government granted approximately 4.2 million acres of land to the State of Wyoming. The law requires state lands be held in trust to produce income to support public schools and other state institutions named in the original grants.
State trust assets are managed for two key purposes consistent with traditional trust principles: (1) long-term growth in value, and (2) optimum, sustainable revenue production.


In the years since the privilege to recreate on State Trust Lands was granted by the Board of Land Commissioners (Board) to the general public, the Office of State Lands and Investments (OSLI) has encountered numerous situations in which requests to restrict specific activities on certain State Trust Lands have been made.  
Those requests have been submitted by state lessees, adjacent landowners, other state agencies, and the general public. Additionally, OSLI may also initiate a restriction upon the discovery of a detrimental situation occurring on State Trust Lands.  
The most common restrictions placed on State Trust Lands by the Board have been Walk-In Areas and Habitat Management Areas (in conjunction with Wyoming Game and Fish Department), closure to motorized vehicles (due to resource damage, dumping of refuse, etc.), and firearms restrictions (due to safety concerns).

Cathedral Home for Children

Cathedral Home for Children - 10/19/2018

Cathedral Home for Children is a treatment facility located one mile north of Laramie on Hwy. 287. The campus is surrounded by state trust land in T16N, R73W, Section 16, on which the Cathedral Home holds the state grazing lease. A small group of horses, used for therapy, graze on the parcel year-round.
During the past several years, hunting pressure on the parcel has increased significantly, and has resulted in several instances that put children and horses in danger. On multiple occasions, firearms were discharged in close proximity to and toward the open campus and living units.
Because of the human safety concern, and proximity to an operating children's treatment facility, Cathedral Home has requested that a closure to discharge of firearms be placed on a portion of the state trust land in Section 16, that which is east of the highway.