Wyoming Wilderness: Finding Balance

Recently I attended a panel discussion at the University of Wyoming about the past, present and future of Wilderness in the state of Wyoming. Since then I've been pondering our wild areas and the careful balance between protection, recreation and industry. But first some background. Brace yourself, it's about to get nerdy around here. Background On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law. This bill established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the "use and benefit of the American people." Since then Congress has preserved over 100 million…