A land transfer has been agreed upon between the Custer County Airport and the U.S. Forest Service. The transfer will allow Custer County to make improvements to the airport. Currently, part of the airport resides on land belonging to the Forest Service.

The Custer County Airport Conveyance Act was introduced to the House and Senate, Thursday, by South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem and Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds.

“After consulting with Custer County Commissioners, the airport, and the U.S. Forest Service, we concur with the Forest Service and Custer County that this legislation is the quickest and most efficient means to transfer this land,” said Thune, Rounds and Noem in a joint statement. “We are pleased that all of the parties negotiated in good faith and arrived at this agreement, which would give Custer County Airport full ownership of all land on which the airport operates.”

Custer County will buy the land the airport is on which is around 66 acres. The county will also pay for all costs related to transferring the land from the U.S. Forest Service.

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