Jackson, Wy – The Bridger Teton National Forest has released a plan for leasing in the Wyoming range that includes a 75 percent decrease from their original proposal. Forest supervisor Kniffy Hamilton says they are only allowing mineral leasing in about 45 thousand acres, down from the 175 thousand previously proposed. Spokesman Jay Anderson says the areas where they will allow leasing has development nearby.
But Erik Molvar of Biodiversity conservation alliance says a final plan for the forest is not complete, and that should have occurred first. He adds that the leasing could still have negative impacts on crucial big game winter ranges and streams.