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A recent auction of state trust lands yielded nearly $2 million.

The Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration took bids on June 3 for six parcels totaling about 2,400 acres, including three 80-acre lots outside Tropic that offer scenic views of Bryce Canyon National Park and a fourth near the park's entrance.

Lyman Family Farm, Inc. bought the Tropic properties for $292,000, while Forever Resorts landed the 40-acre lot near the Bryce airport for $355,000.

Proceeds from the sales, which did not include the land's minerals, go into Utah's endowment that supports public schools. The $2 billion fund paid out $40 million last year.

Lyman also made the winning $260,000 bid on a Snake Valley lot. The auction's largest holding, 1,535 acres in sections scattered on the east side of the Green River, went for more than $1 million.

Grazing permits cover all the acreage, but those will be retired once the sales are final.

Brian Maffly