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The 22,245 acre Ferris Mountains Wilderness Study Area in Carbon County is currently managed as Wilderness by the BLM. Sen. Barrasso (R—Wyo.), who chairs an influential subcommittee on the topic, recently expressed concerns about designating new wilderness in the west. (Photo by Matthew Copeland)

Barrasso calls for ‘more balanced approach’ to transfers

Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining, expressed concerns about adding public land to the federal Wilderness system. "This is troubling to me," he said, adding, "it could have far-reaching impacts for the management of our forests and public lands."