Marton Ranch

Sen. Bob Ide (R-Casper) is pictured during the 2023 legislative session in Cheyenne. (Megan Lee Johnson/WyoFile)

FROM WYOFILE:    Republican Sen. Bob Ide of Casper says only the Wyoming Legislature can authorize land sales to the federal government. Legal experts disagree.   A freshman state lawmaker says the federal government must obtain the consent of the Wyoming Legislature to acquire more property — even...

Brush envelopes a fence at the Marton Ranch, as seen from the Bolten Creek public access road June 20, 2022. (Dustin Bleizeffer/WyoFile)

Gov. Gordon objected to an agreed-upon sale between private landowners and the federal land agency in 2022, demanding more public and state agency input. After clashing with Gov. Mark Gordon on a private land acquisition it touted as a major win for conservation and public access, the U.S. Bureau...
The Bureau of Land Management has paused its decision on the acquisition of more than 35,000 acres of land near Casper following a challenge from the state, Gov. Mark Gordon’s office announced on Wednesday. Federal officials announced in early June that the Conservation Fund, a national...
CHEYENNE (WNE) — The state of Wyoming is asking a federal panel to block a Bureau of Land Management purchase of Marton Ranch land in Natrona and Carbon counties.  On Friday afternoon, the office of Gov. Mark Gordon announced the legal move. It called BLM’s action “a massive acquisition of land.” ...
The conservation purchase of a 35,670-acre ranch on the North Platte River that puts private land in federal hands bucks Wyoming and GOP resistance to an increase in federal holdings in the state. The conservation acquisition is the largest the U.S Bureau of Land Management has undertaken in...

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