Originally Posted by kwaltersmi
Per The Nature Conservancy website and Wikipedia, Palmyra Atoll is an incorporated atoll administered by the United States government. In 1898 the U.S., by Joint Resolution of Congress and under the leadership of President McKinley, annexed the Territory of Hawaii, explicitly including Palmyra. The Fullard-Leo family (once privat owners of the atoll) sold it to the TNC in 2000.
Supposedly, the US Fish & Wildlife service is negotiating with TNC to purchase part of the atoll.
Last I heard, private yachts can still visit the atoll with permission from TNC.
Good gravy!! For some reason I was confusing Palmyra with Chagos Archipelgo. Oops!
Sorry about that. Please strike my previous comments from the record.