A national land conservation group has stepped in to save a rugged, isolated corner of northwestern Wyoming from oil and gas development that had threatened the area prized for its wildlife habitat, mountain scenery and hunting and recreational opportunities.
The threat to the Noble Basin was portrayed in a video report by the Center for American Progress earlier this year. Watch the video to see how incredibly beautiful this section of the world is.
Under the agreement, The Trust for Public Land will pay $8.75 million to purchase oil and gas leases on 58,000 acres in the Wyoming Range from Houston-based Plains Exploration and Production (PXP), and permanently remove the threat of drilling by retiring the leases. The trust has raised about half of the purchase price but must secure the remaining funds by the end of the year.
The area, known as the Noble Basin or Upper Hoback Basin, is part of the Bridger-Teton National Forest and is located about 30 miles south of Jackson, WY.