Wyoming proposal ties Grand Teton parcel to contested BLM land-use plan

By Scott Streater | 02/28/2024 01:43 PM EST

A measure before the state Legislature seeks to make the sale of a coveted parcel inside Grand Teton National Park contingent on the Bureau of Land Management pulling back from a conservation-oriented management plan.

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, which is part of the Red Desert 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

If some Wyoming lawmakers have their way, the price the Interior Department pays to buy a state-owned parcel inside Grand Teton National Park will involve more than just money.

The state House has approved an amendment to a biennial spending bill that would direct Republican Gov. Mark Gordon to reject the sale of the so-called Kelly Parcel inside the park to the federal government if the Bureau of Land Management approves a draft land-use plan that adds conservation designations across 1.6 million acres in southwest Wyoming.
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The amendment, which the Republican-led state House approved last week, has raised concerns among some supporters of the resource management plan update, and those who support adding the Kelly Parcel to Grand Teton National Park.


The amendment, which plays to the state’s conservative base that has long chafed at federal land management policies limiting coal mining and oil and gas development, would potentially complicate ongoing efforts by the National Park Service to purchase the 640-acre parcel and protect the pristine plot from private development.