The Bull Mountain area with Huntsman Ridge in the background.

The North Fork Is Too Wild To Drill

The Wilderness Society has just released the newest edition of its Too Wild To Drill report. This year, the North Fork of the Gunnison River is among the 15 rare and irreplaceable wild places identified in the United States.

This report places the North Fork Valley in the same peer group as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, Bears Ears Monument in Utah, the Green River Valley in Washington, Appalachian Trail in Virginia, Badger Two Medicine in Montana, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota, Chihuahuan Desert Rivers in New Mexico, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, Greater Grand Canyon Watershed in Arizona, Mojave Trail National Monument in California, Northern Red Desert in Wyoming, Owyhee Desert Sagebrush in Nevada, Paradise Valley in Montana, and Wayne National Forest in Ohio.

The report describes the uniqueness and wildness of each of these revered places. It not only highlights the irreplaceable wildness and beauty of the North Fork Valley, but also points out how it depends on clean air and water to thrive, and recognizes the NFV as a vital hub of sustainable and organic agriculture.

We know that large-scale industrial oil and gas development would destroy what makes the North Fork Valley so special; now the Wilderness Society in this report has shared that fear and concern with the world. An attack on any of these Too Wild To Drill Places is an attack on all.

Please take a moment to remind the BLM that a no-leasing alternative is the only way to truly protect this irreplaceable place from irreparable harm.

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