The Biggest Thing In The West 2013

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“Hoback Riders” Dan Smitherman leads Lee and Sarah on a ride above Noble Basin in the Upper Hoback. The entire area in the basin below was slated to become an industrial scale natural gas field, a plan that was strongly opposed by a vocal grassroots coalition led by Dan Smitherman. The Trust For Public Land purchased the gas leases and retired them forever!

This image is what a conservation win looks like, riding free where a gas field would have been. The threat of thousands of truck trips, millions of gallons of fracking water, toxic wastewater, air pollution trapped in a mountain valley, fishing, hunting, and recreation lost, decimated wildlife… are all over in this southern part of the Greater Yellowstone. I’m proud to work with The Trust For Public Land, Wilderness Society, Wyoming Outdoor Council and a host of regular folks who stand for Western Heritage. You won’t hear about the Wyoming Range in the news, but this win sets a precedent in the West – our voices matter. In 2014, we’ll protect the remaining 44,700 acres that developers want to drill.

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