Wyo. Legislature OKs budget with anti-BLM amendment

By Scott Streater | 03/11/2024 02:05 PM EDT

The budget sent to Gov. Mark Gordon (R) includes a provision to block the potential sale of state land within Grand Teton National Park to the federal government if a BLM land-use plan is finalized.

The badlands, buttes and spires are part of the Adobe Town wilderness area in Wyoming.

The buttes and spires of the Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area in Wyoming. The area is included in the Rock Springs resource management plan proposed by the Bureau of Land Management. Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management/Flickr

Wyoming is one step closer to adding a major wrinkle to the Interior Department’s ongoing aspiration to purchase a state-owned parcel inside Grand Teton National Park.

The state Legislature on Friday approved a $10.6 billion biennial spending bill that includes an amendment directing the governor to reject the sale of the so-called Kelly Parcel to the federal government if the Bureau of Land Management approves its land-use plan for southwest Wyoming. That BLM plan has been criticized by state officials for adding conservation designations across 1.6 million acres.

The amendment to the state budget bill, which the state House approved last month, now goes to Republican Gov. Mark Gordon for his signature.


The Wyoming governor has the power of line-item veto, meaning Gordon could remove the amendment from the bill before signing it into law.