March 22, 2012

Forest Service Acquires Backcountry Parcels

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO – The White River National Forest (WRNF) has been instrumental in a recent environmental analysis that allows the San Juan National Forest to acquire 407 acres of private land in remote areas of La Plata and Dolores Counties.  The exchange is for 53 acres of National Forest lands deeded to the Town of Breckenridge in Summit County. Federal acquisition of these two isolated private inholdings protects backcountry locations from future development and allow for their use and enjoyment by the general public.  Such actions must provide the greatest benefits to the public to proceed. Acreage to be added to […]
May 25, 2012

Patent issued for expansion of City of Glenwood Springs’ South Canyon Landfill

SILT, CO – The Bureau of Land Management today conveyed 62.5 acres of BLM land to the City of Glenwood Springs to assist with its South Canyon Landfill expansion. The land is on the northern boundary of the current landfill and is predominantly a steep slope that is not used by the public or for other purposes. The City of Glenwood Springs applied for the conveyance under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act. This act authorizes the sale or lease of public lands for recreational or public purposes to state and local governments and to qualified nonprofit organizations. BLM released the […]
May 22, 2015

Forest Service OKs land swap giving Village at Wolf Creek road access

WOLF CREEK, CO – The Forest Service has approved a controversial land swap atop Wolf Creek Pass that paves the way for development of a mountain village near the Continental Divide. Rio Grande National Forest supervisor Dan Dallas on Thursday announced his final decision to OK a land exchange with Texas businessman B.J. “Red” McCombs, who has labored for nearly 30 years to carve a 1,711-unit, 10,000-person resort village on about 300 acres on Wolf Creek Pass that he acquired in a land swap with the Forest Service in 1986.  In 2010, he proposed the most recent land exchange as a way […]
July 10, 2015

Summit County Wants to Acquire Land for More Affordable Housing

FRISCO, CO (CBS4) – There’s an effort to bring more affordable housing options to one of Colorado’s most popular destinations. It’s taking an act of Congress, but Summit County should soon acquire a big chunk of land for more housing. The land is between Interstate 70 and Dillon Dam Road and right now it’s part of the White River National Forest near Frisco. The Forest Service says the land is no good to them as it sits now between the interstate and heavy traffic on the Dillon Dam Road. It’s not quite a done deal yet, but a bill is sitting […]
September 11, 2015

Wilson Peak land exchange finalized

14er access secured, new bike trails to be constructed Friday, September 11, 2015 3:46 pm Mary Slosson, Editor A land exchange intended to protect access to Wilson Peak and allow the U.S. Forest Service to take over inholdings — private land held inside national forests — was finalized Thursday by the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest supervisor. Forest Supervisor Scott Armentrout made no changes to the draft decision he announced in April. That deal will see Forest Service acquisition of 665 acres owned by Skyline Ranch Trust LLC, Alta Lakes LLC and the Trust for Public Land, a […]
October 22, 2015

Western Land Receives Land Exchange Award from US Forest Chief Tidwell

File Code:       5400; 6140                                   Date:  OCT 22 2015 Route To: Subject:          Fiscal Year 2014 National Land Adjustment Award To:                  Regional Forester, R-8 I am pleased to announce the Columbia County and Plum Creek Land Exchange Team (Team) is the recipient of the Fiscal Year 2014 Chiefs National Land Adjustment Award. The award recognizes exemplary achievements regarding public access to and use of the Osceola National Forest and the Florida National Scenic Trail (FNST). The Team is comprised of the National Forests in […]
March 3, 2016

Summit County hosts Lake Hill purchase ceremony with US Forest Service

Summit Daily News March 3, 2016 By: Kevin Fixler Gusty winds and brisk morning temperatures couldn’t cool the celebratory mood for those gathered at the scenic overlook on Interstate 70 between the towns of Frisco and Silverthorne Tuesday, March 1. The small group, made up of staff from Summit County and town governments, representatives of state legislators, Copper Mountain Ski Resort and the U.S. Forest Service, braved chilly conditions to take in the picturesque view of the nearly 45-acre Lake Hill property. The function served as a formal ownership transfer of the piece of real estate from the Forest Service […]
December 21, 2016

Water Authority brings new water storage tank online

Water Authority, Town of Avon and Mountain Star Association partner to complete new tank Representatives of the Upper Eagle Regional Water Authority, town of Avon, and Mountain Star Association gathered Dec. 8 to mark the completion of a new water storage tank that serves the Mountain Star community. The Water Authority put the 270,000-gallon tank into service Nov. 15, after it was completed on time and under budget during a six-month construction window. Envisioned in 1993 – when Avon originally approved the subdivision – the tank is one of five that along with five booster pump stations comprises the potable […]
March 27, 2017

BLM completes Sutey Ranch land exchange

News Release Colorado River Valley Field Office, Colorado March 27, 2017 Contact: David Boyd, Public Affairs Specialist, (970) 876-9008 SILT, Colo. – Today the Bureau of Land Management and proponents of the Sutey Ranch Land Exchange recorded the final documents completing the exchange of lands in Eagle, Garfield, and Pitkin counties. The closing follows today’s Interior Board of Land Appeals’ affirmation of the BLM’s decision to complete the exchange. “Having the decision affirmed is great news for public lands in the Roaring Fork Valley,” said Shonna Dooman, acting field manager of the BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office. “This land […]
March 29, 2017

BLM land swap with billionaire final after appeal rejected

Grand Juntion Sentinel Tuesday, March 28, 2017 By Dennis Webb An Ohio billionaire and the Bureau of Land Management on Monday completed a complex western Colorado land swap after opponents lost an appeal challenging the deal. The Interior Board of Land Appeals rejected arguments by a group called Colorado Wild Public Lands, including the group’s contention that the BLM grossly undervalued the acreage it was giving up. Under the exchange, Leslie Wexner and his wife, Abigail, gained nearly 1,300 acres at the base of Mount Sopris south of Carbondale, consolidating their ranch holdings there. The BLM said that land was […]