Survey: Sportsmen Choose Conservation over Land Development

Survey: Sportsmen Choose Conservation over Land Development

Earlier this week, Wyoming Governor, Matt Mead, applauded the efforts of a conservationist group to purchase mineral rights for approximately 58,000 acres of land in the Hoback Basin to prevent oil and gas drilling there. The governor's support of the deal raised some eyebrows among the business sector, as the decision put the brakes on plans for drilling projects of 136 gas wells in the area. John Gale with the National Wildlife Federation says a recent poll of Wyoming sportsmen favored land conservation over economic development.

The poll conducted by the NWF indicated 49 percent of sportsmen favor land conservation, while 35 percent chose economic development as a top priority.

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