State board suspends planned Tabby Mountain land sale in Utah

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

A state board has temporarily suspended plans to sell a large mountain parcel of trust land in northeastern Utah.

The School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration said its board voted unanimously Friday to suspend proceedings temporarily on a proposed sale of the 28,000-acre undeveloped Tabby Mountain property that was recently opened for competitive bids.

The board said members received comments from trust land beneficiaries about procedural concerns largely related to the appraisal process and time restrictions for bidders to conduct proper due diligence.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported in December that the Tabby Mountain property was a point of friction for land managers, with wildlife officials wanting it preserved to safeguard migration corridors and public access and trust lands officials holding out for top dollar.