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BLM Backs Land Preservation Deal on Colorado River

BLM Backs Land Preservation Deal on Colorado River

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- A land deal aimed at preserving land along the Colorado River got the backing of the Bureau of Land Management yesterday.

The Utah Recreational Land Exchange Act would put 45,000 acres of scattered parcels into federal government control. The land is currently managed by Utah's School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration.

In the trade, the state trust would get 40,000 acres of federal land that could be used for economic development.

BLM officials say they're only concern is the way the potential value of oil shale would be appraised. The agency doesn't like the drilling and mining restrictions imposed on the lands it would receive.

The trade is part of land bill proposed and passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last year. The U.S. Senate never acted on the bill, but it's being considered again this year.

------ Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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