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  • Writer's pictureCat Urbigkit

Actions Over Complaints

Does a candidate seeking your vote take action to fix problems and make conditions better, or merely complains? It’s easy to sit on the sidelines throwing rocks rather than doing the hard work to find solutions and make conditions better for our citizens. One way to improve how our government functions is for citizens to be active participants.

 

Let me give you a few examples of how I worked to address recent issues.

 

1. The Rock Springs Resource Management Plan: When the Bureau of Land Management released its draft RMP last summer, I sifted through its 1,300 pages and published numerous columns about the RMP and what it contained and how I felt that it would harm various interests and our communities. In addition to raising the public alarm and attending meetings, I submitted nearly 11,000 words of comment and 1,200 pages of source documents to the BLM requesting that they be considered before the agency reaches its final decision.


We’ll see how the BLM responds to all the public concerns, but I made sure to raise substantive issues that must be addressed, helping to set in place the foundation for an eventual legal challenge should the agency’s decision be averse to western Wyoming’s communities. The BLM is expecting the final decision to be issued in November 2024.

 

2. The Elk Feedgrounds Plan: When the Wyoming Game & Fish Department issued its draft elk feedgrounds plan, I took the agency to task in my published columns for the way it had treated agriculture as an obstacle to feedgrounds management instead of a necessary partner. Rather than just complaining, I had attended meetings and eventually submitted more than 5,000 words dissecting the draft document page by page, suggesting alternative wording and providing additional literature sources to support my suggestions. When the revised document was released, the final plan adopted by the WG&F Commission in March 2024 included much of the language that I had proposed.

 

3. Sweetwater Rocks bighorns: Wildlife advocates want to reintroduce bighorn sheep into central Wyoming’s Sweetwater Rocks, but the BLM has a national policy that jeopardizes nearby domestic sheep operations simply because of the presence of bighorns. In attempt to find a Wyoming solution to the negative impact of a federal policy, I worked with a member of the Wyoming Senate during the 2024 legislative session on drafting and revising legislation that could allow for the reintroduction of bighorns while protecting livestock operations. The bill that I helped to write and refine, and worked to gain stakeholder and legislative support, was enacted by the legislature and takes effect next month.



But the work didn’t stop there. We need federal legislation to compliment the Wyoming law, which I recently drafted and was approved by a key group of stakeholders. I also drafted a proposed amendment to the Wyoming Bighorn/Domestic Sheep Plan that will go before a working group later this year. 

 

This is the type of leadership that I feel the citizens of this district and Wyoming deserve –  one who isn’t satisfied with complaining from the sidelines but who will do the hard work of finding solutions and fixing problems.

 

I’d appreciate your support in the August 20 Republican Primary Election to represent Wyoming House District 20.

 

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