Senate Strips Funding For Land Purchase

Cheyenne, WY – The Governor's proposal to buy a large chunk of land in northeastern Wyoming is getting support, but no funding. The Senate approved the plan to buy 32 thousand acres called the Moskee Tract, but didn't include the money needed to purchase it. That will have to be put back in later. Marlene Simons of Beulah says she and most of her neighbors want this done because the land is home to a lot of elk and deer. Simons says if the property isn't purchased now, it's going to be developed. She says if that happens, it will displace all the wildlife. Senator John Schiffer opposed the funding, saying there is a lot of beautiful public land around the state already and there is no management plan for this parcel.