Thank you to Senator Craig Thomas

for telling Forest Service that gas drilling is inappropriate in roadless areas of the Bridger-Teton National Forest

AN HISTORICAL DOCUMENT: REP sent this letter to Senator Thomas on September 17, 2004


September 17, 2004

Dear Senator Thomas:

On behalf of Republicans for Environmental Protection, I want to thank you for telling the Forest Service that gas drilling is not appropriate on 157,000 acres in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

We agree that the outstanding scenic beauty, wildlife, and historical heritage of the Bridger-Teton area in question deserve protection.

Not every public land that may hold gas deposits should be managed for intensive energy production. A sound multiple-use policy balances the need for commodities with other important public benefits that public lands deliver, including clean water, fish and wildlife, historic preservation, and an outdoor recreation economy.

Thank you for holding the Forest Service’s feet to the fire and calling on the agency to re-think its proposal.



Jim DiPeso

Policy Director