State board suspends planned land sale in northeastern Utah

Published 02-23-2019

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A state board has temporarily suspended plans to sell a large mountain parcel of trust land in northeastern Utah.

The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration Board of Trustees said its board voted unanimously Friday to temporarily suspend proceedings on a proposed sale of the 28,000-acre (11,331-hectare) undeveloped Tabby Mountain property that was recently opened for competitive bids.

The board said members received comments from trust land beneficiaries about procedural concerns largely related to the appraisal process and time restrictions for bidders to conduct proper due diligence.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported in December that the Tabby Mountain property was a point of friction for land managers, with wildlife officials wanting it preserved to safeguard migration corridors and public access and trust lands officials holding out for top dollar.

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