- Tricia O'ConnorBridger-Teton National Forest Supervisor
Protect Our Legacy in the Wyoming Range
After ten long years, the Forest Service is finally ready to make a critical decision about oil and gas leasing in the Wyoming Range. And they need to hear from all of us who love this magnificent place and want to see it protected for generations to come. Comments will be accepted until May 23, 2016.
Back in 2006, the Forest Service agreed to open up roughly 40,000 acres along the eastern slope of the Wyoming Range to oil and gas leasing. And most people who've spent any time in this area—citizens, local businesses, ranchers, outfitters, hunters and anglers—felt it was a terrible decision.
Anybody who knows the Wyoming Range will tell you: the trophy class elk and mule deer herds here are unparalleled. Half the entire state's moose population lives right here. And native cutthroat trout habitat? There's none better. The Wyoming Range is where locals go, every chance we get. It's where we camp, hunt, and fish. It's where we take our kids. It's where we make new memories.
Why would we risk losing all of this just so a couple of companies can drill twenty-some wells? It doesn't make sense. Not with thousands of wells already in production or in the works nearby. But we need to let the Forest Service know that, loud and clear.
Ten years ago, a bad decision was made. And for ten years we've been waiting for the Forest Service to right this wrong. We, the citizens, have also been working to make sure this kind of mistake won't happen again. We worked together to pass the Wyoming Range Legacy Act, which protects our treasured mountain range from future oil and gas leasing. Then we worked together to raise $8.75 million to buy out and retire adjacent oil and gas leases in the range.
Now we have to work together one more time. We have to show the Forest Service that we support a No Leasing decision. These are our lands. This is our legacy. Tell the Forest Service by May 23, 2016: A no leasing decision is the only decision that will protect our legacy.
Comment at the link above to share your thoughts with the Forest Service, and please sign and share this petition with others who love the Wyoming Range!
Learn more about Citizens for the Wyoming Range here.
- Bridger-Teton National Forest Supervisor
I support the Forest Service's preferred alternative of No Leasing in the Wyoming Range. I treasure the recreation and wildlife values in the Wyoming Range and believe oil and gas leasing and development threatens those values.
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