Ryan Kenneda State Lands Memo


As per our conversation yesterday, I would appreciate it if you would contact or notify those within the Aspen Highlands HOA about the legality or illegality of traveling, camping, or open fires on State lands. I will be enforcing state statute, should I see any violations concerning state statute 36-2-107. I have cut and pasted the pertinent part of the statute below for you to review and distribute. If you have any questions or anybody at Aspen Highlands, please feel free to call me.

Ryan Kenneda
Game Warden
307-348-7311 home
307-421-5673 cell

Statue 36-2-107

(a)  The board shall have the power and authority to promulgate and adopt rules and regulations not inconsistent with the laws of the state, as it may from time to time deem necessary in the direction, control, disposition and care of all state lands, and to preserve the value of the land and to recognize the fiduciary duties of the state land office.

(b)  Any person who knowingly violates any provision of this subsection 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, any person found guilty under this section may be ordered to pay restitution to the board for actual pecuniary damage resulting from the illegal actions of the person.  Restitution may be excused if a court finds that the defendant has no ability to pay. In determining the amount of restitution under this subsection, the court shall consider, and include as a special finding, the reasonably foreseeable actual pecuniary damage that has or will result from the illegal activities of the defendant.  Any restitution received under this subsection shall be deposited into an account designated by the board for use to restore the rights and property of the board. The acts prohibited under this subsection are:

(i)  Damaging state lands under circumstances not a violation of W.S. 63201;

(ii)  Using a motor vehicle on state lands off an established road as defined by the board or on a road closed by the board;

(iii)  Charging for or receiving payment for purposes of allowing persons to engage in hunting, fishing or any other recreational use of state lands, unless the payment is collected pursuant to a lease or temporary use permit issued by the state;

(iv)  Building, maintaining, using or attending an open fire, campfire or charcoal grill on state land except in areas established by the board;

(v)  Camping overnight on state land except in areas established by the board;

(vi)  Violating any lawful order issued by the board pursuant to W.S. 362101 to protect state lands and assets from resource damage; and

(vii)  Violating any lawful order issued by the board closing state lands for the purpose of protecting public health and safety.

(c)  Any peace officer as defined in W.S. 72101 shall have the authority to enforce this section on state lands. Any game and fish department law enforcement personnel qualified pursuant to W.S. 91701 through 91707 shall have authority to enforce this section to the extent that there is no diminishment in federal funds provided for under W.S. 231601 and 231602.