A new plan from the Forest Service would cancel oil and gas leases along the eastern flank of the Wyoming Range, part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
But the agency needs to know it has public support for their proposal, which would protect wildlife habitat for wolves, endangered lynx, and native cutthroat trout.
Communities, too, would be protected from the pollution which accompanies oil and gas development, as well as the boom and bust economic effects.
Tell the US Forest Service to protect the Wyoming Range.
I support the no action/no leasing preferred alternative for the eastern flank of the Wyoming Range, to ensure that the wildlife, clean water, and unique recreational opportunities of this special place will be spared from development.
I applaud you for recognizing the tremendous wildlife and recreation values at stake and the diverse support for protecting Wyoming's namesake mountains from new oil and gas leasing. I urge you to finalize the EIS soon and issue a decision this spring that ensures none of the 44,700 acres of contested leases are issued or validated.
As you know, a no leasing preference is consistent with the sustained efforts of a broad coalition of labor, sportsmen, business, and conservation interests who have worked for years to protect the Wyoming Range. In fact, it was these leasing proposals in 2005-2006 that first generated broad public support for the Range, which ultimately led in 2009 to passage of the Wyoming Range Legacy Act.