CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The superintendent of Grand Teton National Park says she's pursuing a new way for the National Park Service to acquire two square miles of state land inside the park.
Tight federal spending is raising doubt that the federal government will honor a more than 2-year-old agreement to buy the land for $91 million.
Now, Grand Teton Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott, state officials and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Wyoming office propose to close the deal with a land swap. Under the deal, Wyoming would swap its land inside Grand Teton plus other state lands for BLM land.
State officials have said they're willing to sell the state land in Grand Teton to the highest bidder if the federal government doesn't honor the agreement to acquire the tracts.