(a) Unless the context indicates otherwise, as used in this act:
(i) The term "board" shall mean the board of land commissioners;
(ii) The term "director" means the director of the office of state lands and investments;
(iii) The term "state" shall mean the state of Wyoming;
(iv) The terms "state lands", "land" or "lands" shall mean and include all lands under the jurisdiction of the board of land commissioners;
(v) The terms "school land" or "school lands" shall mean and include all lands granted to the state of Wyoming by the United States of America for the benefit and support of public schools, either directly or through exchange for other lands;
(vi) The term "institutional lands" shall mean state lands selected for the benefit of state institutions or any lands other than school lands;
(vii) The term "old lessee" means the person, firm, association or corporation in whose name the expiring lease appeared of record in the office of state lands and investments at the time of its expiration;
(viii) "This act" means W.S. 361101 through 363111, 365101 through 367510 and 369101 through 369120.
361102. Recording and filing documents of title.
Every department, institution, board and commission of the state of Wyoming which now has or shall hereafter acquire an interest in real property, except leases, easements and rightsofway for a term not exceeding three (3) years, shall record the document of title with the appropriate county clerk, unless previously recorded, and after recording, shall file the original document with the director excepting, however, easement and rightofway conveyances previously obtained by the state department of transportation or state transportation commission. This section shall have no effect on existing recording statutes.
361103. Computation of time after registered notice.
When the provisions of this act or the rules and regulations of the board require registered notice to be given, the time shall be reckoned from the date of delivery of such notice by the United States post office, or in the event of nondelivery thereof, from the date of the return thereof to the board by the United States post office.
361104. Acceptance of school lands.
Under the provisions of article 18 of the constitution of the state of Wyoming, the state of Wyoming hereby accepts the lands granted to it by the act of congress entitled "An act to provide for the admission of the state of Wyoming into the union, and for other purposes", approved July 10, 1890, for the purposes in the said act specified; and hereby accepts the grant of numbered school sections mineral in character as made by the act of congress entitled "An act confirming in states and territories title to lands granted by the United States of America in aid of common or public schools", approved January 25, 1927, subject to the provisions and conditions of the said act, and the said lands so granted by the United States of America to the state of Wyoming are hereby solemnly set apart to the purposes specified in the said acts.
361105. Exchange of land granted by federal government.
Whenever, in the judgment of a majority of the members of the board, the interests of the state will be advanced by granting, conveying or deeding to the United States of America, any lands which have been heretofore granted, selected by, and patented to the state, then, in such case said board is hereby authorized and empowered to so grant, convey and deed to the United States of America, such lands. And the president of said board, and the director are authorized and empowered to execute and deliver all necessary instruments to complete such grant, or conveyance; provided, always, that no such lands shall be so granted, conveyed and deeded, unless the United States of America shall, and will permit and allow this state to select, and have patented to it, an equal area of other lands in lieu of the lands so reconveyed to the United States of America; provided, however, that the state shall not give both surface and mineral rights with any lands exchanged unless it receives the same from the federal government.
361106. Exchange of stateowned and federalowned lands.
The state of Wyoming, in accordance with the provisions of the Taylor Grazing Act and other acts of congress authorizing the exchange of federal-owned lands, is hereby authorized and empowered to exchange state-owned lands for federal-owned lands.
361107. Exchange of stateowned and privately owned lands.
The state of Wyoming is also authorized to exchange stateowned lands for privately owned lands.
361108. Pole Mountain district of Medicine Bow national forest; history and relinquishment of legislative jurisdiction by federal government.
(a) By W.S. 197301, the legislature of the state of Wyoming ceded exclusive jurisdiction to what was then known as Fort Francis E. Warren, now referred to as Warren Air Force Base and at the same time, exclusive jurisdiction was extended to future additions to such post. The Pole Mountain district of the Medicine Bow national forest was set aside for military purposes by Executive Order No. 4245, dated June 5, 1925, as amended by Public Land Order No. 1897, dated July 10, 1959. Use for military purposes terminated in accordance with Public Land Order No. 2446, dated July 20, 1961.
(b) By the act of August 27, 1964 (Public Law 88494, 78 Stat. 611) the secretary of agriculture was authorized to relinquish to the state of Wyoming such measure of legislative jurisdiction as he deemed desirable over such lands. On December 24, 1964, Orville L. Freeman, secretary of the department of agriculture, United States of America, notified the governor of the state of Wyoming that the United States relinquishes and retrocedes to the state of Wyoming any and all legislative jurisdiction heretofore acquired by the United States over lands within the Medicine Bow national forest constituting the area known as the Pole Mountain district, created as above stated, to take effect upon acceptance of such jurisdiction by the state of Wyoming.
361109. Pole Mountain district of Medicine Bow national forest; acceptance by state.
The state of Wyoming hereby accepts legislative jurisdiction over the Pole Mountain district of the Medicine Bow national forest.
361110. Authority of director to effect and complete exchanges.
The director is hereby authorized and empowered, subject to the approval of the state board of land commissioners, to effect and complete such exchange of stateowned lands for federalowned lands; and also to effect and complete such exchange of stateowned lands for privately owned lands; and to do any and all things necessary or required to be done by the state of Wyoming in order to enable said state to comply with the provisions of said Taylor Grazing Act and other acts of congress authorizing the exchange of federalowned lands, and any order, rule or regulation passed or promulgated in pursuance thereof; and to effect and complete the exchange of stateowned lands for privatelyowned lands. The board of land commissioners may authorize the purchase of lands only in an amount necessary to effect and complete the exchange of state-owned lands for other lands and only for those lands identified in the authorization of purchase. The board shall not use the power of eminent domain pursuant to W.S. 126801 et seq. to purchase any lands under this section.
361111. Orders, rules and regulations relative to exchange of lands.
(a) The board of land commissioners is hereby authorized and empowered to pass and promulgate all such orders, rules and regulations as may be necessary or required relative to the appraisal and valuation of the lands to be exchanged as provided in this act, and to provide for the execution of conveyances, contracts and other instruments pertaining to the exchange of the lands, and to enable the director to effect and complete each exchange of the lands. The board may authorize the purchase of lands only in an amount necessary to effect and complete the exchange of state-owned lands for other lands and only for those lands identified in the authorization of purchase. The board shall not use the power of eminent domain pursuant to W.S. 126801 et seq. to purchase any lands under this section. The board of land commissioners is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations necessary to implement the exchange of state lands on a value for value basis. The exchange program may authorize a cash equalization receipt or payment of up to twenty-five percent (25%) of the value of the lands exchanged. Any receipt shall be deposited into, and any payment shall be made from, the permanent land fund. State lands may be exchanged upon the board's finding the exchange is necessary to:
(i) Make state lands more manageable where the lands are not otherwise manageable;
(ii) Meet a specific need of a school or community for land;
(iii) Better meet the multiple use objectives for the benefit of the trust; or
(iv) Realize a clear long term benefit to the trust which substantially exceeds the present and probable future benefit from continued ownership.
361112. Cutting of timber by lessee of state lands prohibited; general penalty for violations; damages.
(a) The lessee of state lands shall in no case be allowed to cut or use more timber therefrom, than shall be necessary for the improvement of such lands, or for fuel for the use of the family of the lessee. The director may, in his discretion and subject to criteria established by the board, sell and dispose of timber located or growing on state lands, at not less than the reasonable market value thereof.
(b) Removal of forest products from state lands is permitted only under a valid contract or small sale permit. Any person who knowingly or with reckless disregard removes forest products from state lands without proper authorization is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), imprisoned for not more than six (6) months, or both. In addition to these penalties, a person removing forest products from state lands without proper authorization is liable for damages up to the amount of three (3) times the bid value of the most recent auction of similar species and product, or the appraised value whichever is greater, plus actual restoration and administrative costs.
361113. Repealed By Laws 1997, ch. 200, § 2.
361114. Protection of prehistoric ruins; permits to excavate, regulations and violations.
Before any excavation on any prehistoric ruins, pictographs, hieroglyphics, or any other ancient markings, or writing or archaeological and paleontological deposits in the state of Wyoming on any state or federal lands, shall be undertaken, a permit shall first be obtained from the state board of land commissioners. The state board of land commissioners is hereby authorized to promulgate and enforce such regulations as it may deem needful to protect from vandalism or injury the prehistoric ruins, relics, archaeological and paleontological deposits of the state, as well as all natural bridges and natural scenic features and formations. Any violation of such regulations shall be a misdemeanor.
361115. Protection of prehistoric ruins; consent to removal from state.
No person shall remove from the state of Wyoming any part of any such ruins or deposit except with the consent of the state board of land commissioners. Said board may require, as a condition to such consent, that such portion of such relics, materials, or deposit as said board shall require, shall forever remain the property of the state of Wyoming.
361116. Protection of prehistoric ruins; penalty.
(a) Except as provided by subsection (d) of this section, any person violating any of the provisions of this act shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than twentyfive dollars ($25.00) or more than one hundred dollars ($100.00), or imprisoned in the county jail not more than six (6) months, or by both fine and imprisonment, and shall forfeit to the state all articles and materials discovered by or through his efforts.
(b) Persons holding permits or leases on state lands may not sublease or subcontract archeological or paleontological removal without prior written approval of the board.
(c) All state leases are subject to inspection by state or county law enforcement agencies or their designees for violation of W.S. 361114 and 361115.
(d) Any person who, for monetary gain or for commercial or any other purpose, removes any archeological or paleontological artifacts in violation of W.S. 361114 or 361115 with a cumulative value in excess of five hundred ($500.00), shall be guilty of a felony and upon conviction shall be fined up to ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), imprisoned for up to ten (10) years, or both.
361117. Sale or trade of state lands; hearing upon request of county commissioners.
No sale or trade of any state land including state land currently held by the state of Wyoming shall be made without a public hearing in the county in which the land is located if a hearing is requested by the county commissioners.
361118. Sale of experimental farms and stations.
(a) The board of trustees of the University of Wyoming is authorized and empowered on behalf of the state to sell and to execute any document of title necessary to convey title to any agricultural experimental farm or station in Uinta county, in Laramie county and if in existence before January 1, 2003, in Goshen county, title to which is held in the name of the state of Wyoming, provided:
(i) The sale is made for adequate consideration and complies with all statutory requirements;
(ii) Proceeds of the sale shall be credited to the University of Wyoming.
361119. Posting notice of restrictions to public lands; restrictions; penalties.
(a) No person shall post a notice on any public land or on a public road as defined by W.S. 241133(b) restricting access to public lands unless the restriction has been approved by the governing body having jurisdiction over the public land.
(b) For purposes of this section "public land" means any land under the jurisdiction of the board of land commissioners or under the jurisdiction of any political subdivision of the state which the public is authorized to use without obtaining legal permission from a private landowner.
(c) The governing body or its authorized representative having jurisdiction over the public land shall issue a written demand to any person who unlawfully posts a notice in violation of subsection (a) of this section directing that the notice be removed within three (3) days following receipt of the notice. The demand shall be delivered in person by a peace officer or mailed by both first class mail and certified mail return receipt requested to the person's last known mailing address. Any person who knowingly posts an illegal notice or who fails to remove an illegal notice within three (3) days after receiving the demand from the governing body is guilty of a misdemeanor. If the person cannot be personally served because he deliberately made himself unavailable for service, or refused to accept delivery of the demand by certified mail, then he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor if he fails to remove the illegal notice within five (5) days after the demand was mailed to him by the governing body. Any person convicted of a misdemeanor under this section shall be punished by a fine up to six hundred dollars ($600.00) for each day the person fails to remove the illegal notice. For a second or subsequent offense, the penalty shall be a fine of not more than six hundred dollars ($600.00) per day, and up to six (6) months in jail, or both.
(d) It shall be a defense to any charge under this section, that severe weather or other circumstance not within control of the person charged prevented removal of the notice.
361120. Posting of public access to state lands; signage.
(a) The office of state lands and investments shall supervise the placement of signs on state lands readily identifiable by the office, using trained volunteers. The signs shall indicate that the land is administered by the board of land commissioners.
(b) The signage shall be placed:
(i) On identifiable state land that has legal access;
(ii) To reasonably identify state land that is adjacent to, or contiguous with, private land and which is accessible to the public for hunting, fishing or recreation.
(c) The signage shall include notice that:
(i) Motorized vehicles shall be confined to established roads; and
(ii) Use of the state land is subject to board of land commissioners' rules.
(d) For purposes of this section, "state land" means any land under the jurisdiction of the board of land commissioners, which the public is authorized to use without obtaining legal permission from a private landowner.
361121. Conservation easements.
(a) Except for any conservation easement received or accepted by the board before the effective date of this act, the board shall not accept or receive any conservation easement pursuant to W.S. 341202.
(b) Except for any conservation easement received or accepted by the board before the effective date of this act, the board shall not be considered a "holder" pursuant to W.S. 341201(b)(ii)(A).
EMERGENCY FIRE SUPPRESSION ACCOUNT
(a) As used in this article:
(i) "Division" means the Wyoming state forestry division of the office of state lands and investments;
(ii) "Emergency fire" means a fire located in a rural area which is, or clearly threatens to be, beyond the fire control resources of the county responsible for suppression of the fire or the state if the fire is located on state lands;
(iii) "Emergency fire suppression account" or "account" means the account created by W.S. 361402;
(iv) "Participating county" means a county which has entered into a contract with the division to participate in the emergency fire suppression account and has paid the assessments provided by W.S. 361404.
361402. Emergency fire suppression account; creation; investment of funds; authorized expenditures.
(a) There is created the emergency fire suppression account. The account shall include all legislative appropriations, all assessments paid into the account by participating counties and all income from investments of monies in the account. Appropriations to the account shall not lapse at the end of any fiscal period.
(b) The state treasurer shall invest any portion of the funds in the account which the state forester determines is not needed for immediate use. Investments shall be made as authorized by W.S. 94715(a), (d) and (e).
(c) Upon written approval of the state forester, expenditures shall be made out of the account to participating counties and the division for the actual costs of suppressing emergency fires.
(d) If the state forester determines monies in the account may be insufficient to make reimbursement for the full cost of suppressing all emergency fires occurring or which may occur during the year, he may delay paying reimbursement to any entity until the close of the program year at which time available monies shall be prorated among those entitled to reimbursement at an amount less than one hundred percent (100%).
361403. Powers and duties of state forester.
(a) The state forester shall:
(i) Administer the emergency fire suppression account;
(ii) Enter into contracts on behalf of the division with counties desiring to participate in the account;
(iii) Establish and collect assessments from participating counties in accordance with this article;
(iv) Adopt rules governing the administration of the emergency fire suppression account and to carry out the purposes of this article.
361404. Participation by counties; assessments; withdrawal from participation; forfeiture of assessments for failure to pay assessments.
(a) Counties desiring to participate in the emergency fire suppression account shall enter into a written contract with the state forester and shall pay the assessments provided for in this section.
(b) Each participating county shall pay an annual assessment to the account in an amount equal to:
(i) Four-tenths of a cent ($.004) per acre for each acre of private land in the county as determined by reference to the current equality state almanac published by the department of administration and information; plus
(ii) An amount equal to .00002 times the assessed valuation of the county.
(c) Participation in the account shall be on a fiscal year basis and annual assessments shall be paid on or before July 15 of each year in which the county elects to participate in the account.
(d) Repealed by Laws 2008, Ch. 8, § 2.
(e) Any county electing to participate in the account in any year may become a participating county by paying an initial assessment equal to the annual assessment computed for that county under subsection (b) of this section multiplied by three (3).
(f) Any county electing to withdraw from participation in the account or failing to pay the annual assessment when due shall forfeit all of its rights to the account and any assessments previously paid by that county shall remain in the account.
BOARD OF LAND COMMISSIONERS
362101. Composition; powers generally.
The governor, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor, and superintendent of public instruction, being constituted a "board of land commissioners" by the provisions of section 3, article 18, of the constitution of the state of Wyoming, shall as such board, have the direction, control, leasing, care and disposal of all lands heretofore or hereafter granted or acquired by the state for the benefit and support of public schools or for any other purpose whatsoever, subject to the limitations contained in the constitution of the state, and the laws enacted by the legislature. The board shall have the power and authority to take such official action as may be necessary in securing title to land grants, or any other lands acquired by the state.
362102. Authority to administer oaths.
Each member of the board is hereby authorized and empowered to administer oaths in any proceeding of any character which may be pending before it.
362103. President; quorum; duties of employees.
The governor shall be president of said board, but in his absence from any meeting, one (1) of the members may act as president pro tempore, and shall preside at such meeting. A majority of the members of the board shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The board shall have authority to prescribe the duties of all persons employed by it.
362104. Meetings; rules, regulations and forms of procedure; records.
The board shall hold such regular and special meetings as it may prescribe and consider necessary for the proper transaction of the business before it. All meetings and transactions incident to the duties of the board, together with all protests, contests or other proceedings before it, shall be regulated by such reasonable rules, regulations and forms of procedure as may from time to time be prescribed by the board; and such rules, regulations and forms of procedure shall bear the same relation to proceedings pending before the board, and have the same legal force and effect, upon all parties to such proceedings, as the Code of Civil Procedure bears and has to civil actions and the parties thereto in the courts of this state. The board shall cause proper records of its meetings and other proceedings to be kept in suitable books, and shall preserve all important documents and papers pertaining to the lands of the state and business of the board. All votes taken to decide the board's final action on any matter shall be recorded.