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Red Desert Study: Wyomingites Treasure "Empty Space"

June 25, 2007

Native American history, settlement of the Wild West, and wide open spaces. Those are some of the responses in a new study about what Wyomingites think about the Red Desert. Researcher Tyra Olstad is with the University of Wyoming geography department.

“When I said 'Red Desert' to people, the most common thing I found was the idea of the sense of space -- a vast, open area.”

Olstad did the study because she was curious how oil and gas development in the Red Desert had affected public perception. She notes that Wyomingites surveyed feel their sense of the area is being "challenged" by the development push, and she thinks land planners should consider local values and opinions when planning drilling.

Olstad points out that those values are not traditionally part of the discussion.

“Having the idea of open spaces to many people is an important part of American cultural identity.”

The complete study is at www.voicesforthewild.org.

Deborah Smith/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WY