BYU Officially Owns the 'Y'

The university now owns 81 acres of land on Y Mountain

PROVO, Utah (Good4Utah)- Brigham Young University announced Monday they officially own the full length of the Y Mountain Trail,  as well as the area around the Y.

BYU says the ownership of the land will not change access to the Y or the Y Mountain trail, but they plan on making improvements to the trail.

“One major change to the Y will be the installation of permanent lighting to the 380-foot-tall block letter, allowing for a quicker ability to ‘light the Y’,” a press release from BYU said.

Other improvements on the trail include signs for hikers to track their current progress and changes to parking areas and trailhead.

Officials at BYU say the trail will stay open during maintenance, but there may be intermittent closures for major improvements.

The university was able to purchase the land from the Forest Service after a bill was passed Dec. 2014 requiring the conveyance https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/253

Interestingly enough, BYU’s new ownership of the trail is a “return to ownership.”

“Jesse Knight, a benefactor of the university, owned the land prior to its eventual transfer to the federal government in the 1930s. Since that time, BYU has always maintained the Y and has worked with the Forest Service to create and maintain the trail,” the release said.

For more information on Y Mountain click here.

 


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