BLM finds ‘no significant impact’ in Sutey-Two Shoes land swap

Posted: May 2, 2013

Written by

Andrew Travers, Aspen Daily
Mount Sopris

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its draft environmental assessment of the proposed Sutey-Two Shoes land exchange on Monday, kicking off the final public comment period for the once-controversial swap.

The 286-page BLM report concluded the swap would have no significant environmental impact.

The deal would privatize three parcels of federal land totaling 1,268 acres on the flanks of Mount Sopris, in Pitkin County, putting them in the hands of Abigail and Leslie Wexner, the billionaire owner of Limited Brands. In exchange, they would give the feds the 557-acre Sutey Ranch, north of Carbondale and adjacent to the Red Hill Recreation Area, and a 112-acre parcel along Prince Creek Road that includes popular mountain biking trails near “the Crown” recreation area.

Comment on the preliminary environmental assessment.

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