Washington Co. to transfer 100 acres of donated land to BLM

This undated photo shows a view of Red Cliffs Desert Reserve where a privately-owned inholding was swapped for land outside the reserve managed by the Bureau of Land Management. The land outside the reserve was donated to Washington County, which in turn is transferring the land back to the BLM | Photo courtesy of Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, St. George News

ST. GEORGE, Utah — The Washington County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved the transfer of about 100 acres of land back to the Bureau of Land Management, St. George News reports.

However, through recent private land exchanges with the BLM, the amount of private lands in Washington County has “substantially increased,” Commissioner Dean Cox said at Tuesday’s meeting.

The 100 acres being transferred to the BLM was a donation from a private landowner to Washington County, Cox said. To get a tax benefit, the landowner had previously swapped his “inholding” — privately-owned land within the boundaries of the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve — for BLM land outside of the reserve.

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