Wyoming considers controversial leases of state land parcels 

Wyoming considers controversial leases of state land parcels 

View of Tetons could be jeopardized by construction of new projects approved by state.

On April 7th, the Wyoming State Board of Land Commissioners will discuss five proposals for Wyoming State Lands parcels in Teton County. Two of the proposals would renew leases for Yellow Iron and Arbor Works Tree Service, while a third proposes a new lease for Hole Landscaping.  

Two of the suggested proposals are far more controversial, including a lease for an 800-unit storage facility on the state land parcel adjacent to Teton Village off of State Highway 390, and a proposal from Basecamp Hospitality for 11 temporary lodging sites- A-frames and geo-domes that would remain for the duration of a 5-year lease.  

Neither the lodging nor storage facility proposals would be a good land-use decision, nor would they benefit the community character or unique viewshed. This state land parcel sits just south of Shooting Star with breathtaking views of the Tetons.  Furthermore, approving these proposals could set the groundwork for the Board of Land Commissioners to approve another glamping development proposed by Under Canvas, a separate company wanting to develop on a parcel near Munger Mountain.   

State Representative Andy Schwartz suggested building housing units on a portion of this state parcel which could help the current housing shortage in Teton County. Although this concept would possibly provide much-needed community benefits, it would also change the visual landscape of the area. 

To send your thoughts on these proposals to the five elected officials on the Board of Land Commissioners, contact: 

Phone: (307) 733-9417
685 S. Cache St. PO Box 2728
Jackson, Wyoming 83001