Federal Officials Listen to Complaints

Laramie, WY – They want more cooperation and less heavy-handed ruling from federal officials. That was the message from people at a listening session set up by the Department of the Interior yesterday. Several people at the Pinedale session said the federal government enforces laws like the Endangered Species Act too rigidly. Others said they're worried the Bureau of Land Management is approving too many projects that hurt the environment. Sharon Rose with the Fish and Wildlife Service helped coordinate the meeting. "I think this will open our eyes and see where the emphasis is with the public," she said. Some two dozen listening sessions are being held across the country. The next two sessions will be in Florida and Texas.