Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 4484, The Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act, sponsored by Congressman Jason Chaffetz.
вЂњThis is a win for the federal government and a win for Utah,вЂќ said Chaffetz. вЂњIt makes sense that the trail will now be maintained better than ever.вЂќ
H.R. 4484 would improve long-term maintenance and planning for the Y Mountain Trail by eliminating split ownership of the trail. Currently, Brigham Young University owns the land surrounding the trailhead, but the US Forest Service owns the land surrounding the block вЂњYвЂќ. This legislation would direct the Department of Agriculture to sell the вЂњYвЂќ and surrounding land at fair market value to BYU with proceeds from the sale used to reduce the federal deficit. BYU would cover administrative and appraisal costs associated with the sale of the 80 acres. The bill guarantees that public access to the вЂњYвЂќ and the Y Mountain Trail would be maintained following the land sale.
Several decades ago, BYU owned the вЂњYвЂќ and the surrounding area, but the land was ultimately transferred to a private trust which then transferred the land to the Forest Service. This bill would restore ownership to BYU and would provide long-term certainty by removing any questions as to who owns the land and who is responsible for maintaining the trail. H.R. 4484 ensures access to the вЂњYвЂќ for future generations.
вЂњIвЂ™m proud this legislation allows permanent public access to the вЂњYвЂќ like never before,вЂќ added Chaffetz.
H.R. 4484 now moves to the Senate where Sen. Orrin Hatch has introduced a companion bill, S. 2471.