Why the Wyoming Range

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The mountains of the Wyoming Range are too special to drill, yet their world-class recreation, wildlife and water resources are threatened by proposed oil and gas development.

The Wyoming Range is unique far beyond its beauty. More than a million acres of glacially carved valleys and snow crested peaks make the range an important wildlife habitat and recreation haven. Part of the iconic Greater Yellowstone landscape, it is home to countless wildlife species and a critical migration corridor for mule deer.

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Greater Yellowstone

What's at stake

There is much at stake in the Wyoming Range, which is why The Wilderness Society is working to protect it. If unprotected, 44,720 acres of important wildlife and recreational lands within the range risk development — namely, oil and gas drilling. This would contribute to air and water pollution, such as elevated ozone levels, which is a current problem resulting from ongoing drilling.

One section of the Wyoming Range, the Upper Hoback, is particularly threatened. The Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP) is proposing to drill 136 new wells, which could lead to more pollution and contamination in this fragile wildland.

What we're doing

At Wilderness, we're working to protect the Upper Hoback and other wildlands in the Wyoming Range from development.

The most unique thing about our work is the diverse coalition of supporters that we've brought together to protect the Wyoming Range. We are working with Wyoming ranchers, outfitters, sportsmen, local and national decision makers, grassroots allies and Wilderness Society members and supporters to ensure that this special piece of Wyoming remains vibrant for generations to come.

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Work we are doing