The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is initiating a proactive landscape-scale conservation campaign to protect the Absaroka-Beartooth Front, which constitutes the northeastern boundary of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and is critical habitat for all the iconic species in the Ecosystem. While much of the Absaroka and Beartooth mountains are permanently protected Wilderness, the Front is largely unprotected at this time and under threat from oil and gas development.
GYC is working with private landowners, state and federal agencies and the local community to craft a comprehensive plan for the area, recognizing the value that large, undeveloped areas hold for local traditions such as hunting, scenic values, solitude and wildlife.
The Bureau of Land Management office in Cody, Wyoming, is working on a Resource Management Plan that will determine how much of the Bighorn Basin, which includes the wildlife-rich Absaroka-Beartooth Front, is managed over the next two decades. Beginning in the winter of 2010-11, citizens will be able to share with the BLM their vision for managing the Bighorn Basin. Critical to protecting this precious resource is withdrawing the Absaroka-Beartooth Front from any new oil and gas development.
EcoFlight teams up with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition to get an aerial view of the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness. This flight highlights areas of North Beartooth Wilderness, located in the Shoshone National Forest.
Shoshone Wild is a film produced by The Wyoming Wilderness Association, with aerial video by EcoFlight and on-the-ground cinematography by Jonathan Kloberdanz.
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