Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Feds buy Grand Teton land from state for $46 million, ending concerns over development

A 640-acre piece of land nestled inside Grand Teton National Park became part of the National Park system on Monday, after years of worry by some that it could be commercially developed. The state of Wyoming sold the parcel, called Antelope Flats, to the federal government for $46 million. “Its sale provides Wyoming a greater return on the land and allows the people of Wyoming and visitors from elsewhere greater opportunities to enjoy the wonders of the park,” Gov. Matt Mead said in a news release. “The state will receive the benefit of $46 million for our schools, and the park will have another 640 acres for people to appreciate.” The Grand Teton National Park Foundation and the National Park Foundation raised $23 million in private donations to combine with $23 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund...more

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