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Land Swap to Benefit Schools and Recreation

Published on April 24, 2013 at 09:21AM

First envisioned more than a decade ago and directed by Congress in 2009, a long-sought land exchange between two government agencies is inching closer to being finalized. The swap directed by the Utah Recreational Land Exchange is being touted as a benefit for both the Bureau of Land Management and the Utah Schools and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA). The BLM will pick up nearly 46,000 acres from SITLA, chunks of land that have high environmental, recreational, and conservation value. In exchange, SITLA will get 36,000 acres of BLM land that has prime potential for oil and gas development as well as mineral leasing. The property that is part of the land swap in in Grand, San Juan, and Uintah Counties.