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Environmentalists Battle Targhee Land Exchange

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Grand Targhee, WY, Feb. 27, 2001–(SAM Magazine) Ten citizen groups filed an appeal this past Monday to stop a proposed land swap between Grand Targhee Ski and Summer Resort and the Targhee National Forest. The swap involves 120 acres at the base of Targhee in exchange for 400 acres near Yellowstone National Park the ski area owns.

The group claims that the Forest Service grossly undervalued the land at $3.3 million and believes it is worth far more based on real estate prices in neighboring areas. Environmentalists are also concerned that the 120-acre parcel, which would be used for base area development, would create a private inholding inside a national forest.