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00000176-6d2a-dc2f-ad76-6d2a4ee60000The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Nonprofit sues Bureau of Land Management over land exchange

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Courtesy of coloradowildpubliclands.org

The nonprofit Colorado Wild and Public Lands is suing the federal government over a land exchange. It’s the latest step in years of debate over the Sutey property.

 

In late March, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) traded nearly 1,500 acres of land near the base of Mount Sopris for two properties totaling 670 acres of once-private land that is close to popular recreation areas in Carbondale.

Colorado Wild and Public Lands has long claimed that the BLM did not accurately appraise the federal land. On Monday, the nonprofit filed a suit in federal court, contending the BLM undervalued its land, which led to an unequal exchange.

The suit also takes issue with part of the process, saying that all the information was not available to the public during the comment period.

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