Nestled in the center of the Washakie Basin and part of Wyoming's Red Desert is a place called Adobe Town. Characterized by rugged badland rims, sandstone tuffs, expanses of sagebrush, numerous canyons, and breathtaking vistas, Adobe Town and its surroundings provide visitors with a truly unique desert experience. Fossil remains of mammals and reptiles are numerous and widely distributed, including turtles, rhinoceros-like Uintathere and tapir-like Titanothere fossils. Significant archaeological resources are found throughout the area, representing 12,000 years of continuous human occupation from Paleo Indian through late Prehistoric periods.
While part of this enchanting place is protected as a Wilderness Study Area, much of the landscape is open to oil to oil and gas development, which has been rapidly increasing in recent years. Development has begun to creep nearer and nearer into the sacred corners of Adobe Town. For the first time, the BLM is proposing to offer oil and gas leases on top Shull Rim, the most prominent point of Adobe Town (see map below).
WWA is boosting efforts to prevent the BLM from offering these leases. As a result of your donations, we put your money to good use by making a film that captures the unique beauty of Adobe Town. The film depicts this place as a prime WSA for Wilderness designation. This film will be used to bring national awareness to this landscape. The film will help educate the public about the extensive oil and gas leasing taking place, and provide ways for the public to influence management decisions, such as leasing, on areas that should be off limits to extraction. Finally, this film will be the first step toward including Greater Adobe Town and the Adobe Town WSA as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Thank you for your support!