By Bob Beck
Jackson, WY – Western Governors adopted a plan that will combine mapping with data to protect wildlife corridors from oil and gas development.
The idea would be to use computerized mapping systems to show what development would do to both wildlife corridors and crucial habitat. System Developer Jack Dangermond says it would take data gathered by wildlife biologists and others, coupled with development plans to understand impacts before they happen.
Dangermond says this new system will change that and should be an important planning tool for all levels of Government. Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal praised the new technology but also called upon the department of interior to better regulate industry to make sure it is doing what is required.