WPLI reboot

Dear AMPL community,

As many of you already know the Teton County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) met last Tuesday and asked the Teton County WPLI committee to meet for another 30 days and submit a proposal that has support from at least 66% of the WPLI board members. This is a major change from the WPLI charter that was signed and agreed to by all 18 WPLI board members almost two years ago which required 100% agreement on any proposal advanced to the BCC. 

You may have also received an email from commissioner Mark Newcomb. AMPL respects the thought he put into his email but disagrees with many of the statements he makes especially the one recommending 44,000 acres of the Palisades being set aside for Wilderness. With only 18% of the county remaining open to responsible Motorized and Mechanized use AMPL will continue to promote public access and use for all user groups.

AMPL is continuing to stay engaged in this process and is urging all WPLI members to come together and work towards a proposal that protects both conservation and recreation interests and has support from the entire group not just 66% of the members as has been recently suggested by the BCC.

We will continue to update you as we have more information to share over the following weeks. In the meantime we urge you to email your Teton County Board of County Commissioners (commissioners@tetonwyo.org) and stress to them the importance of protecting the limited remaining motorized and mechanized recreational opportunities we have here. Talk about what recreation on our public lands means to you and your family. Please be professional and passionate in your communications.

Sincerely,

Jesse Combs
President
Advocates for Multi-Use of Public Lands

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Here is some “light” reading to understand more about the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative (WPLI) in Teton County:

Teton Valley News article  - Contentious lands issue sees no consensus
BCC staff report which includes the WPLI Principles and Guidelines and all three WPLI proposals