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JACKSON — Despite pressure from a conservation group, the Bridger-Teton National Forest will not ban motorboats on about 20 miles of the Snake River south of Jackson.

Forest Service spokeswoman Mary Cernicek says the national forest is complying with Congress' intent in the Craig Thomas Snake Headwaters Legacy Act of 2009. That act includes allowing motorboats on that portion of the river between the South Park bridge and West Table boat ramp.

However, the American Rivers conservation group says the Bridger-Teton should block motorized use.

Scott Bosse of American Rivers says motorboat traffic would degrade some of the values on the part of the Snake that has been designated wild and scenic.

Cernicek said that about five motorboats use the Snake annually.

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