Roadless rule good for Wyoming

Way above timberline, looking across Meadow Creek Basin in the Francs
Peak roadless area. Shoshone National Forest. Photo copyright Ralph Maughan

Wyoming has many fine roadless areas that are not protected as designated Wilderness — 3-million acres in total.

Liz Howell of the Wyoming Wilderness Association writes in their defense and against Governor Freudenthals’ short-sighted views. Many of them are threatened by oil or gas development.
Guest opinion in Casper Star Tribune

Roadless facts for Wyoming. From the Wilderness Society



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  1. Alan Avatar

    Absolutely. Why is this fact so hard for some folks to comprehend? Even if considered only from the cold economic side, there’s no question that the wilder the land, the better.


Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan’s Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of “Hiking Idaho.” He also wrote “Beyond the Tetons” and “Backpacking Wyoming’s Teton and Washakie Wilderness.” He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

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