If approved, this trade would isolate over 3,000 acres of currently accessible public lands, and the loss of the 1,040 acres would be a net loss of 4,200+ acres of currently accessible public lands in the Laramie Range.
This is prime elk and deer habitat with quality hunting. There is also an indirect loss of access to 10,000 acres of public land because one of the two access points would be lost in this trade.
In the Black Hills, County Rd. 207 snakes through most of the 295 acres of currently deeded land and provides more access points, but no additional access to current adjacent public lands. "It was pretty obvious this would be a bad thing for hunters and everyone else who uses those public lands because of the access issues," Buzz said. "And the process was already started for approval."