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 […]
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 […]
May 8, 2017

U.S Senate approves budget, which includes land exchange

KRBD Community Radio May 4, 2017 By Leila Kheiry By a wide margin, the U.S. Senate on Thursday approved a spending plan to carry the government through the fall. The measure includes a provision to trade U.S. Forest Service land for land currently owned by the Alaska Mental Health Trust. The bill now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature. The land exchange will trade about 20,000 acres of federal land on Prince of Wales Island and in the Shelter Cove area for about 18,000 acres of Trust land, including Deer Mountain near Ketchikan and land above homes in […]
September 21, 2017

Bureau of Land Management to build parking for Sutey Ranch

Aspen Public Radio Wednesday, September 20, 2017 By Elizabeth Stewart-Severy Hikers and hunters will soon be able to access public land acquired in a controversial land exchange earlier this year. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is scheduled to start construction this week of a small parking area at the entrance to Sutey Ranch outside of Carbondale. While the land has been public since March, it’s only been accessible on foot through the Red Hill recreation area. The parking lot is along County Road 112. Sutey Ranch was part of a land exchange with billionaire Leslie Wexner. The BLM traded about […]
January 21, 2019

Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority approves land exchange

The Associated Press Sunday, January 6, 2019 JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A state agency plans to swap land in southeast Alaska for federal land that can be developed for timber sales. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority board on Thursday approved a land exchange with the U.S. Forest Service that will trade 18,000 acres (7,284 hectares) of trust lands for 20,000 acres (8,094 hectares) of federal land, the Juneau Empire reported . The trust lands are scattered throughout southeast Alaska and the exact amount to be traded must be worked out. Wyn Menefee, director of the trust authority land office, […]
September 21, 2020

County fully funds federal land transfer work for river parcels

Jackson Hole News & Guide By Billy Arnold Jackson Hole Daily September 21, 2020 The county has taken another step toward transferring land along the Snake River from federal to county ownership. The Teton County Board of County Commissioners approved a contract for the next stage of the process with Western Land Group, a consultant it hired to facilitate the transfers, which have been discussed for more than 20 years. The contract, approved Sept. 15, will see the county spend $40,000 to prepare a “term sheet” for U.S. Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyo., outlining what the county wants to see in […]