To prevent private development on state land, Teton County closes in on recreation lease

Residents laud proposal sending $2.6 million to Wyoming in exchange for keeping land open, shoring up some trails and removing invasive plants.

JACKSON—Naysayers were nowhere to be found Thursday in the Teton County commissioners’ chambers, where residents showered praise on a plan to lease a 640-acre swath of state land on Munger Mountain to keep it open to the public and undeveloped.

The occasion was a hearing of the Wyoming Office of State Lands and Investments, which is formally analyzing a 35-year “recreational lease” proposal that Teton County sent the state agency this spring.

Accolades followed accolades as one Jackson Hole resident after the next testified. Leslie Peterson, one resident who spoke, thought back to the “hundred...


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