EcoFlight flew Emily and others over the Wyoming Range to write this story about how we are not out of the woods yet when it comes to its protection.
The supposedly protected Wyoming Range faces new energy development
Under an October sky that threatens snow, a steel-gray diesel Dodge pickup lurches down a rutted two-track through the foothills of the Wyoming Range. Driver Chad Willoughby, 35, wears a ratty blaze-orange cap; a hunting rifle leans against the seat beside him. His dad, Dave Willoughby, and two friends share the back seat, dressed in camouflage. Every hunting season, the men take time off from their jobs in southwest Wyoming's oil and gas fields to hunt deer, antelope and elk in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Now, the industry that employs them has set its sights on their hunting ground.