(IDAHO FALLS, ID) — A proposed merger between the Bridger-Teton and Caribou-Targhee National Forests has been set aside. Officials have shelved plans for a combined 6.5 million-acre forest because of fears that the merger would negatively impact services for everyday citizens as well as forest resources. The plan would’ve saved the forest service about $1 million and would’ve also created the largest national forest in the lower 48. Representatives for the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance called the move a “victory” for the public.
Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN