The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) executed a statewide protocol in 2006. Since 2006, this streamlined process has enabled the BLM to substantially reduce the time frames for approving projects allowed in the federal regulations. In February of 2012, the National Conference of SHPOs and the BLM executed a nationwide programmatic agreement which includes expanded requirements for BLM to consult with Indian tribes and the public, consult with interested parties and the requirement to update their state level protocols. The Wyoming Protocol agreement is in need of refinement and additional guidance in the standardized treatment of certain types of cultural resources. Continuation of these streamlining measures is beneficial to both the state and the BLM and will allow for efficient compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, thereby expediting the development of Wyoming’s energy resources.
A legally binding agreement with the addressing standardized process and practice for BLM and SHPO consult on oil and gas actions (wells, pipelines, associated roads and infrastructure), transmission lines and wind energy projects, range improvements, uranium projects including in situ leaching, controlled and uncontrolled rangeland fire, etc. Consistent standards and guidelines will be developed to assess effects on historic properties, and how to apply best practices to reduce any negative effect.
Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office and the US Bureau of Land Management
Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources, Indian Tribes and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers, organizations such as the Oregon-California Trails Association, the Alliance for Historic Wyoming, the Wyoming State Historical Society, and the Wyoming Archaeological Society.