Contacts - Upper North Platte

Randy Carpenter
Director, Northern Rockies Regional Program

406-587-7331, x.3002

Program Overview - Upper North Platte

The Upper North Platte is undergoing change - Read about our work in this area by clicking here.

'teepee' sawdust burner from the Hammer sawmill


Partners - Upper North Platte

Voices of the Valley

University of Wyoming - Ruckelshaus Institute

Trout Unlimited

National Wildlife Federation

Wyoming Wildlife Federation

BLM Rawlins Field Office

Wyoming Game and Fish

Town of Saratoga

Town of Encampment

Town of Riverside

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Carbon County School District #2

Saratoga/Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce

Audubon Wyoming

Carbon County Wyoming Government

Carbon County Visitors Council

Carbon County Higher Education Center

Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District

Wyoming Small Business Development Center

University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension (Carbon County)

Carbon County Weed and Pest

UNPV small businesses



Home Where We Work Montana Upper North Platte

The Upper North Plattetrees

The North Platte River Valley is one of the best kept secrets in the West.  It is a recreational Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, including anglers, wildlife watchers, hunters, cyclists and others. The Valley, framed by the Snowy and Sierra Madre mountain ranges, is sustained by the waters of the North Platte River.  It provides abundant wildlife habitat that supports herds of pronghorn, mule deer and elk and blue ribbon trout fishing in the North Platte River.  The area is also noted for its vast landscapes, unaltered view sheds that maintain numerous large working ranches and the three small communities of Saratoga, Encampment and Riverside.

Currently, the Valley’s economy is dependent upon  on tourism and agriculture, but that is changing with the emergence of energy development in the Valley. Because of energy development, the Valley and its communities are facing dramatic changes, ones that are likely to alter the character of the place forever.  Significant energy projects are occurring within and near the Valley.  Those projects include a thousand turbine wind farm in the Valley itself; a coal-gasification plant to the northeast near Medicine Bow; and thousands of additional oil and gas wells of to the west of the Valley.  These projects will bring benefits such as additional jobs and tax revenues, but also impacts such as the loss of wildlife habitat and open space.

Voices of the Valley

Passionate about preserving the character of the Valley and the values of its residents, a group of citizens formed Voices of the Valley (VoV) in 2010 to facilitate community dialogue and a  better understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing the Valley. Sonoran Institute is honored to have supported these citizens with technical expertise and direct assistance. VoV is now a respected public forum for all citizens who respect and value the natural and cultural resources of the Valley.

VoV's mission is to promote education and awareness of natural resource issues that affect the quality of life enjoyed by the residents of the Valley as well as those who recreate there. VoV supports healthy landscapes with diverse habitat for wildlife and clean and abundant water to sustain the people, wildlife and fish living in the Valley. VoV also supports economically diverse and prosperous communities while encouraging responsible energy and industrial development through best management practices, public participation, education, compromise and practical solutions.


News & Updates

Our work:

  • Was featured in the February 19, 2013 edition of the Rawlins Times. "As the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre wind farm project whirls closer to the onset of construction, more Carbon County residents are becoming concerned about where both the temporary and full-time workers are going to live..."

Read the entire article HERE.

  • Was featured in the March 13, 2013 edition of the Saratoga Sun. "Voices of the Valley (VOV) is an organization developed to keep the best interest of the Valley first."

Read the entire article HERE.