Protection for the Snake River and the Wyoming Range mountains still coming?

This popular bill to keep the drilling rigs out of the steep, unstable, scenic Wyoming Range, south of Jackson Hole has stalled due to the election campaign.

It looks like there’s going to be a lame duck session of Congress. Harry Reid says he may add this bill and also the “Craig Thomas Snake Headwaters Legacy Act,” to add 387 miles of rivers and streams in the Snake River drainage to the national Wild and Scenic Rivers System, to an omnibus public lands bill.

These bills are sponsored by Wyoming’s Republican senators, two very conservative men. The leading opponents have been the natural gas drilling interests and Senator Larry Craig (who doens’t want protection for the Snake River, which flows into Idaho).

Senators may hear energy, river bills. By Noah Brenner, Jackson Hole News and Guide.

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Ralph Maughan

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.

4 Responses to Ban on drilling the Wyoming Range mountains may come in lame-duck session

  1. JB says:

    “These bills are sponsored by Wyoming’s Republican senators, two very conservative men.”

    Nice to see that there are still a few CONSERVATIves interested in CONSERVATIon.

  2. Wyo Native says:

    Good new Ralph,

    After the election is better than never, but I do wish it was earlier than this. I have spent the last three weeks hunting in the Wyoming Range and this is the truely the best place in the world. I even saw two wolves!

  3. Wyo Native says:

    Forgot to add, that I have a ton of pictures of the range that are alot farther south than the ones you have posted in the past. So if you ever need some let me know.

  4. Wyo Native,

    That’s great that you saw wolves. For folks’ info, this is in the recently disestablished “predator” zone in Wyoming, and the most likely corridor of wolf dispersal into Utah and Colorado.


October 2008


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey