Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Congresswoman Liz Cheney, all R-Wyo., applauded the Forest Service’s decision to fill the Powder River District ranger position. Previously, the Forest Service discussed plans to keep the position vacant and reassign the responsibilities between other district rangers.
“I’m thrilled that the Forest Service realized the importance of keeping the Powder River District ranger position,” Enzi said. “The community made it clear that losing the position would have been a huge loss and it is encouraging to see that the Forest Service listened. While reduced budgets can mean making tough decisions, the government should look at savings out in Washington first before they turn toward cutting critical positions in Wyoming communities.”
“This decision is welcome news for the many people in Wyoming who live, work, recreate or depend on tourism in the Bighorn National Forest,” Barrasso said. “I applaud the Forest Service for listening to local and state feedback about the need for a full-time district ranger. Filling this important leadership position will make sure locals and visitors alike can safely enjoy everything the Bighorn National Forest has to offer.”
“I am pleased the USFS listened to the citizens of Wyoming and reversed course on their decision not to fill the position of Powder River District Forest Ranger,” Cheney said. “The Powder River District Forest Ranger role provides vital services to the Buffalo residents who enjoy, use and depend on the Bighorn National Forest. With federal lands making up nearly fifty percent of our state, it is critical that the various land management agencies have adequate staff on the ground to work with the users of these important resources for our state.”
The Wyoming delegation sent a letter earlier in the month urging the Forest Service to abandon the proposal to leave the Powder River District ranger position vacant.