The Greater Little Mountain Area (GLMA) is a unique high desert region regarded by biologists, resource managers and sportsmen and sportswomen to contain some of the most sensitive fish and wildlife habitat in Wyoming. This habitat also presents tremendous opportunity for hunters and anglers. The GLMA is one of the most sought after hunting areas for mule deer and elk, and its small mountain streams hold abundant cutthroat trout. All of this under a backdrop of rolling aspen groves, pine forests and red-striped badlands outdoor recreation opportunities abound. In 2008, the Greater Little Mountain Coalition (GLMC) formed to protect this region.
The Greater Little Mountain Coalition works with local stakeholders, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Bureau of Land Management to promote a balanced management plan that protects the areas hunting, fishing and recreational opportunities for future generations while supporting responsible oil and gas development.
What We've Achieved
Created an economic brochure showcasing the areas hunting, angling and outdoor recreation financial contribution to Sweetwater County.
Created a map highlighting our six management prescriptions.
Created a fact sheet to share sense of place.
Conducted GLMA tours with decision makers, media and agency personnel.
August 2018 - A day in the field with High Country News discussing potential cumulative impacts of nominated parcels of BLM’s 3rd and 4th Quarter Oil & Gas Lease Sales in southwest, WY covering over 1 million acres, including 173,923 acres in the GLMA.
June 2018 - hosted county, state and federal land planning and management decision makers, local sportsmen, Wyoming lawmakers and the media on aerial and ground tours of the GLMA.
August 2017- local media outlets Rocket Miner and Sweetwater Now. Visited Gooseberry Creek habitat improvement project.
August 2016 - Senator Barrasso's field staff. Visited habitat improvement projects and developed oil and gas sites.
September 2016 – RMP Cooperator's Field Tour including Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Environmental Quality, Sweetwater County Commission, Department of Agriculture, United States Fish and Wildlife Service and Office of State Lands & Investments. Visited habitat enhancement projects and oil and gas sites.
June 2015 - Wyoming Governor Mead’s natural resource policy adviser. Witnessed an antelope give birth on Little Mountain proper.
October 2014 - Sweetwater County Commission. Visited a Colorado River cutthroat trout habitat enhancement project on Gooseberry Creek.
February 2015 - Met with Rock Springs BLM Field Office. Discussed importance of GLMA to sportsmen and sportswomen and our management vision for a balanced approach with smart-from-the-start planning for oil and gas development.
January 2016 - submitted proposal for inclusion in BLM’s Preferred Alternative for the Rock Springs Resource Management Plan revision. Coalition crafted management proposal to protect the highest value fish and wildlife habitat while setting aside impacted areas for continued development.
January 2016 - hosted a public open house in Green River, WY to share the Coalition's vision and management proposal.
July 2016 - met with Center for Environmental Quality, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior and the Wyoming delegation in Washington D.C. thanking them for their work and asking for the Coalition's management proposal be analyzed and included, in its entirety, in the final Rock Springs RMP.
May 2017 - Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development (SFRED) and Sweetwater County Commissioner Johnson met with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management and the Wyoming delegation in Washington D.C. asking for the Coalition's and Wyoming Game and Fish Department's management proposals analyzed in their entirety for the RMP revision—with resource specific stipulations applied in the GLMA to protect the best of the best.
June 2017 - Hosted a Flag Day Celebration in Green River to highlight the importance of protecting the areas world-class hunting and angling opportunities with a balanced approach for oil and gas leasing.
Summer 2018 - GLMA is threatened by BLM’s 4th Quarter Lease sale scheduled for the week of December 20, 2018 with 173,923 acres of parcels nominated for oil and gas leasing in the GLMA. Governor Mead, Sweetwater County Commission, local governments & delegates support deferral of parcels within the GLMA until an upfront plan with strong resource protections in the revised Rock Springs Resource Management Plan is included in a signed Record of Decision.