Oil Company and Conservationists Strike a Deal
Oct 19, 2012 — "Now I can hand these mountains down to my children," said Carl Bennett, a miner from Rock Springs.
"It means more to me than just about anything," said Jace Jackman, a hunter who, at 19 years old, was the youngest negotiator on behalf of the Trust. "If you don't have a place to recreate, then you don't have anything."
Even the governor is glad his state's pristine wilderness will be kept for generations to enjoy.
"It is truly is a special day to be able to have this special place, knowing that it's going to be special for all the years to come," Mead said.
The Trust for Public Land will pay $8.75 million for the lease. It will not use any taxpayer money, but it is still $4.25 million short of that price.
In order to buy the land, they'll need to raise the full amount of funds by the end of this year.