State land board votes to analyze an exchange with Forest Service that would facilitate construction of 280-foot-high West Fork Dam above Baggs.
State Board of Land Commissioners
Residents’ bitter opposition fails to convince land board to put off controversial commitment said to generate $21 million from state land over the project’s lifespan.
Objectors say state can meet its constitutional duty to “realize the largest possible proceeds” without endangering cultural sites and game habitat.
A top state official is recommending a controversial land swap near Douglas include a public easement to alleviate criticism the exchange would cut off access to public land.
Senators are expected today to debate an existing 130-acre scenic easement on state land in Grand Teton National Park that complicates efforts to preserve sensitive property.