Jade on Display at WSGS in Honor of 50 years as Wyoming’s State Gemstone
Several specimens of jade will be on display at the Wyoming State Geological Survey (WSGS) starting this month in celebration of the 50 years it has been Wyoming’s state gemstone. The WSGS building is on the University of Wyoming campus in Laramie. The public can view the display from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
WSGS gems and minerals geologist, Wayne Sutherland, says it appears the designation of jade as the official state gemstone was spurred by both amateur and professional interests beginning in the 1930s and progressing through a jade rush that peaked in the 1960s before slowing in the 1970s. The 39th Wyoming Legislature passed the law, with formal adoption occurring Jan. 25, 1967.
The state gemstone is nephrite jade. When found in Wyoming, it is referred to as “Wyoming Jade” due to its high quality and relative abundance in the state. Wyoming Jade is considered to be some of the finest nephrite in the world. Colors can range from white to black, with various shades of green being the most common. Its quality and durability are major factors behind Wyoming Jade’s high reputation. The stone’s moderate hardness combined with great durability makes it relatively easy to saw and carve into delicate yet resilient objects of art and adornment.
The Director’s Protest Resolution Reports analyze each unique or summarized protest issue statement received on each individual BLM Proposed Resource Management Plan to determine whether the State Director followed established procedures, considered relevant information in reaching proposed decisions, and whether the proposed decisions are consistent with the applicable statutes, regulations, and BLM policy.
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Governor Mead Asks Full Court to Review Roadless Rule Decision December 5, 2011 CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead, today, directed the State of Wyoming to petition for a rehearing of the decision that upheld the Roadless Rule. Governor Mead would like the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals to consider Wyoming’s arguments en banc.
The Shoshone National Forest has extended the comment period for the Land Management Plan Revision Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The comment period now ends November 26, 2012.
An official 90-day comment period began on August 4, 2012, but with continued public interest and requests for an extension, the Shoshone National Forest has decided to lengthen this comment period. During this additional time, the public is encouraged to continue to submit substantive comments, which may be used to modify alternatives, evaluate new alternatives, improve or modify the analysis, and make factual corrections.
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