The U-S Forest Service is putting leasing plans for the Wyoming Range in reverse. The agency has released an analysis of contested leases on more than 40-thousand acres on the eastern front, and the indication is that the leases will be canceled. Daniel-area rancher J-J Healy runs a cow-calf operation at the foot of the range, and he's cheering the decision.
Healy says there are places in Wyoming to develop and others to leave alone, and those decisions are best made when all the possible impacts are on the table at the time leases are decided.
A federal judge had ruled the leases in the Bridger-Teton National Forest were completed without proper environmental review. Wyoming Governor Freudenthal joined sportsman's groups, outfitters and conservation organizations in protesting the leases.