By Elsa Heidorn
Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Environmental Quality Council met today in Rock Springs to consider protecting a large section of land in the Adobe Town area of the Red Desert. The Biodiversity Conservation Alliance filed a petition to designate the 180,000-acre area as very rare or uncommon, meaning that it has unusual scenic value or is valuable habitat. Director Erik Molvar says the area deserves protection from energy development.
"Over the past five or six years there's been a tremendous groundswell of public support in Wyoming for protecting those special crown jewel landscapes like Adobe town and the Jack Morrow Hills and that we should not have the entire state, a hundred percent of it, industrialized," Molvar said.
But the Wyoming Mining Association argues that the truly special parts of Adobe Town are already protected as a federal Wilderness Study Area and it's unnecessary to expand the protected area. The Environmental Quality Council meets again tomorrow to hear more public comment on the proposal.