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Team: North
Thursday, September 19, 2002
Making a Living in Green River
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City of Green River, Wyoming

City of Green River, Wyoming
Courtesy Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office

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Takeout near OCI Trona Mine

Takeout near OCI Trona Mine
Courtesy Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office

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Pioneer Park

Pioneer Park
Courtesy Bureau of Land Management, Wyoming State Office

Team North sets off on their week-long canoe trip down the Green River. Today they paddle into the town of Green River, where they will pass the island where John Wesley Powell set off on his own historic journey in 1869. They will disembark at a city park in the town, and set off on land to visit the OCI trona mine.

Many people don't think about all the non-recreational uses of public lands, but extractive uses do form an important part of many western economies. Wyoming's economy has historically been dependent on mining. Although this has brought many boom-and-bust cycles to the state, the rich natural resources that lie below ground continue to tempt developers. Mining accounts for a quarter of all the jobs in this county, and brings millions of dollars annually to Wyoming's treasury. Although some areas are taking their cue from northwestern Wyoming communities, and converting to a tourism-based economy, for most that is neither feasable nor appealing, and they continue to look to the natural resources from the public lands for their livlihoods.
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