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Last updated 5:58PM ET
December 14, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Hermosa Land Swap Comment Period Ends
(2007-08-14)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The Public Input period on the proposed Hermosa Park Land exchange north of Durango has closed, and forest service officials say despite requests to do so, it won't be extended.
But that doesn't mean you can't still have a say.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: The Forest Service is studying a controversial proposal to swap 265 acres South of Chris Park and just north of Tamarron to the Glacier Club, in exchange for the Hermosa Park and Mitchell lake inholdings west of highway 550.
The Forest Service's Ann Bond says the public comment period drew hundreds of comments and one petition signed by hundreds.
She says the end of the comment period marks the start of the in depth review of the proposal, based on issues raised in those comments.
BOND: THOSE SCOPING COMMENTS WILL HELP US DECIDE WHAT'S GOING TO BE INVENTORIED ON THE GROUND IN TERMS OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES, LIKE IMPACTS ON RECREATION, VISUALS, WETLANDS, WILDLIFE, ETC. AND THAT'S BOTH OF EXCHANGING THE FEDERAL PROPERTY SOUTH OF CHRIS PARK AND/OR OBTAINING BOTH OF THE PRIVATE INHOLDINGS IN THE HERMOSA ROADLESS AREA.
Bond says a Draft Environmental Analysis based on that study should be out next summer, which would trigger yet another public comment period, before any final decision is made on the land swap.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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