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Shoshone Wins Wyoming Popularity Contest

May 31, 2007

Sheridan, WY - It's one for the record books: More than 45,000 people cared enough to send in their comments on proposals outlining what the Shoshone National Forest should look like, and be used for, in the years to come. It is the largest number of comments on record for a forest plan in Wyoming.

What did people say they want for the Shoshone? Roadless areas, grizzlies and hunting are the apparent winners. Liz Howell, of the Wyoming Wilderness Association says preserving wilderness areas and non-motorized backcountry proved to be popular options.

"Ninety-nine percent wanted that option, and they wanted additional areas, too. It is world-class scenery, as well as a great place for hunting and fishing. This is the home of grizzly bears and gray wolves, Canadian lynx, wolverines - an amazing diversity of wildlife, and people love Yellowstone."

Howell says the Shoshone is home to several fragile species, including elk and bighorn sheep and, as part of the Yellowstone ecosystem, public support for keeping the area wild is strong.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WY