By Joanna Dodder Nellans | The Daily Courier
With thousands of acres of private parcels inside the Agua Fria National Monument, U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials are excited about finalizing an effort to buy two 40-acre parcels that were on the market for possible development.
The BLM is now preparing to analyze potential impacts of the Cross Y Ranch purchase, and is seeking public comments by Friday.
The ranch includes four parcels. BLM officials would like to purchase more of the ranch in the future, except for 97 acres that contain buildings. Remaining parcels are 621 acres and 1,278 acres in size.