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Copyright: November 2016
Trim: 8 1/2 x 10
Pages: 288 pp.
Illustrations: 76 b/w and color images, 9 maps

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978-1-60781-512-9
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Saving Wyoming's Hoback

The Grassroots Movement that Stopped Natural Gas Development

Florence Rose Shepard and Susan Marsh

Nature and Environment

In late 2012, crowds gathered to hear a long anticipated announcement: The Trust for Public Land had prevented natural gas development in the remote Hoback Basin of Wyoming by buying the leases owned by Plains Exploration Company. This would not have happened without the extraordinary will and expertise of local citizens. Unchallenged, the proposed natural gas development in the national forest near Bondurant, Wyoming, would have brought roads, pipelines, water and air pollution, and a complete change in the character of the landscape and its communities.

Retired schoolteachers, mine workers, big game hunters and outfitters, and other stakeholders combined their knowledge of the area to achieve a single goal: prevent the industrialization of the wild country that was their home. Saving Wyoming's Hoback tells the inspiring story of determined citizens who worked together to protect the land that they loved and made a difference.


Florence Rose Shepard is professor emerita in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Utah.

Susan Marsh is an award-winning writer living in Jackson, Wyoming.



Table of Contents:

List of Maps
Preface and Acknowledgments
Glossary of Acronyms

1. We Did It!
2. The Hoback
3. From Timber to Gas Wells (1946–1990)
4. Drill, Baby, Drill (1990–2006)
5. The Perfect Storm (2006–2010)
6. Too Special to Drill (2010–2013)

Notes
Index


Praise and Reviews:

“Person by person, detail by detail, in a decade of stories both earthbound and homegrown, Florence Shepard and Susan Marsh take us to the wildlife crossroads of the Wyoming Range. As Shepard and Marsh follow these people bound by their love of Hoback Basin, they lay out a bipartisan path toward environmental redemption and justice.”
—Stephen Trimble, photographer and author of Bargaining for Eden: The Fight for the Last Open Spaces in America

“A good news story for the environment and an important message for students in the environmental field: hard work and work with diverse groups can lead to successful environmental outcomes.”
—Joan Degiorgio, Northern Mountains Regional Director for The Nature Conservancy in Utah

"A fine, personal story of how people who don't always agree with each other found common cause in opposing the industrial development of a magnificent mountain backcountry. Success stories are rare in the environmental field, and this ‘win’ in the Wyoming Range was a big one.”
—Fred Swanson, author of Where Roads Will Never Reach (University of Utah Press 2015)

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