Wyoming Governor Puts National Park Land Up for Ransom

July 5, 2010

Photo Credit: Michael Gäbler, July 1980

Wyoming (ChattahBox) – After ten years of attempts to get the Interior Department to trade for land, mineral royalties or minerals, Wyoming is threatening to sell off two square miles of Grand Teton National Park.

A report by ABC said that more than a decade has gone by since the fight originally started for the trade, and that officials have finally decided to make a bold move to push their hand.

Governor Dave Freudenthal (D) has said that if they don’t finally look at their case, and offer a fair trade on a land that currently only makes an annual profit of $3,000, they will sell it for $125 million.

While it is the job of officials in a state to ensure the greatest profit possible is made from state land, the threat has surprised many, and worried officials from protection groups, and the park itself.

Many are accusing the governor of putting money ahead of the protection and integrity of his state. However, it may be a bluff on the part of the government, who know that such a threat could well  be enough to generate interest in the trade attempts.


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