Wyoming Senator Craig Thomas wants wild and scenic rivers protection for portions of Wyoming rivers.

This is the first time in memory that I recall a Wyoming member of Congress wanting to do anything like this. Many of these streams are already mostly protected by virtue of being in designated Wilderness Area (regarded as near perfect protection anyway), but the Wilderness Act has a little known provision that has never been used that allows a President to authorize the development of dams, etc. inside designated Wilderness areas. No one has every worried about this in the past, but there has never a President like George W. Bush. So this action would not be redundant.

In addition the proposed segments of the Gros Ventre, Snake River, Hoback River, Willow Creek, Bailey Creek, and Wolf Creek, currently have no protection.

Story in the Jackson Hole News and Guide. Bill to protect Snake. By Noah Brenner.

Notice. On June 2, Senator Thomas died of cancer. This is almost certainly end this bill for the duration of this Congress.  

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  1. MikeH Avatar

    This is good news to say the least.

    Will Bush be agaisnt it as he is against the new Mt. Hood wilderness expansion?


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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