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The Pilot Hill Project

The objective for the Pilot Hill Project is to preserve 5,500 acres of undeveloped open space east of Laramie in order to protect the Casper aquifer drinking water resource, enhance recreational opportunities for residents and visitors, and promote economic development by providing a world-class natural amenity to attract and retain businesses and their employees.

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Pilot Hill Project map92% of survey respondents
approve of the Pilot Hill land purchase

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Why support the project?

The project will bring many benefits, including:

  1. Protection of a portion of the recharge zone to the Casper Aquifer, a primary drinking water source for a majority of Albany County residents
  2. Protection of the incredible views from Laramie east toward the Laramie Range
  3. Creation of new public access directly from Laramie to ~5,500 acres of foothills and the Medicine Bow National Forest
  4. Expansion of public recreation opportunities, which will enhance quality of life for Albany County residents
  5. Increase in tourism and economic development associated with improved access to open space and recreation
  6. Preservation of an area that offers crucial winter wildlife habitat

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Check out this sneak-peak of the Pilot Hill property filmed during the Pilot Hill Classic 25K hosted by the High Plains Harriers on June 2. Landowners have supported this race for decades by granting permission for runners to access this beautiful land for this one day of the year. We're working hard to make this ~5,500 property public land. Mark your calendars for two PILOT HILL COMMUNITY ACCESS DAYS this fall, when we'll have the opportunity to show what this property and this project are all about:
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Saturday, October 5, 2019

WHAT'S THE CURRENT STATUS OF THE PROJECT?

The Pilot Hill committees are pursuing a state land exchange to transfer the land from private to public ownership. The land exchange would help protect Albany County’s water resources and make this land accessible to the public. We look forward to hosting the public review meetings on the proposed exchange this fall. We anticipate the final vote occurring in early 2020.

We have also raised more than $920,000 for this project from generous community members. This puts us about 60% of the way to raising the $1.5 million needed to develop the master land-use plan, and for the initial infrastructure and trail development for the property.

We are currently putting together a public process to make sure the plans for this property match what Albany County community wants. This will include working with a professional planning and design firm, and taking wildlife, cultural resource, recreation, aquifer protection, and other values into account.

Thanks everyone for your interest and support!
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The Pilot Hill Classic is going on right now. Next year most of this race course could be public land! ...

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Photo credit: Robert Kirkwood