Feds analyzing land swap near ski village | SummitDaily.com

Feds analyzing land swap near ski village

MONTE VISTA – Federal officials are analyzing a proposed land swap that could allow Texas billionaire Billy Joe “Red” McCombs to build a ski village in southwestern Colorado .

The U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday that it will prepare an environmental review of the proposed exchange of 204 acres of public land for 178 acres owned by McCombs, a founder of media giant Clear Channel Communications. The land in the Rio Grande National Forest has access to the road serving the Wolf Creek ski area and the private property surrounded by forest land doesn’t.

Opponents of the development settled their lawsuits in 2008 and the Forest Service agreed to redo the environmental review. The developer needs approval of the land swap and construction, subject to a separate environmental analysis.

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