Most Wyoming voters view the state’s national parks, forests and wildlife areas as an essential part of the economy. That’s according to a bipartisan poll conducted at Colorado College.
The survey found that Wyomingites support a broad range of environmental protections but also support energy development on public lands.
Bob Budd with the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust says that’s not a contradiction.
“Wyomingites really do believe that we can have it all,” Budd said. “I think our track record is pretty good that way. We’re bullish on development to some degree, and at the same time we’re very protective and bullish on our natural resource heritage.”
Budd says surveys like this are important in helping policy makers plan for the future.