Do you want a say in the future of Wyoming's wildlife? You'll have your chance at a public meeting in Casper Tuesday, February 6th. A series of public meetings is part of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s major project to gather input from the public "to chart a path for the future of Wyoming’s wildlife". Comments are welcome from anyone.

A random telephone survey of residents and nonresidents started in January, and Game and Fish says they want to hear from as many members of the public as possible so there are two more ways to get involved:

Public Meetings: These are occurring between February 5th through the 10th around the state. They will be run by a third-party facilitator who will also share the results of the phone surveys and collect feedback from participants. A meeting for Casper will be held Tuesday, February 6th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Game and Fish Office, 3030 Energy Lane. See the Game and Fish website for a full list of meetings.

Online Forum: You can visit the Wyoming Game and Fish Online Forum to share your thoughts on important issues related to Wyoming’s wildlife, hunting, fishing, programs, and other topics that are of interest to you. This website will be available until June 2018.

Game and Fish officials say all of the public input will shape a first-of-its-kind strategic plan that will be used by Game and Fish for years to come, which will influence how Wyoming’s fisheries, wildlife, and public programs are managed.

“This is your chance to drive the future of Wyoming’s wildlife,” said Scott Talbott, director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. “We want to offer as many opportunities to be involved so we hope you will attend a meeting or comment online.”

The Access Yes Program was created based on public input from the last time such a project was done, more than 20 years ago. It has created partnerships to allow access to lands that were previously inaccessible. Officials say the Information and Education branch was created, improving programming and outreach opportunities throughout the Cowboy State.