Land swap would improve access to Timber Ridge area

A proposed land exchange between Mountain Island Ranch and the Bureau of Land Management near Glade Park would provide access to nearly 9,000 acres of public land in the Timber Ridge area, the BLM said.

Officials are now accepting comment on the swap, under which the BLM would acquire 467 acres of land adjacent to existing public land and the ranch would acquire 788 acres described by the BLM as fragmented and difficult to access.

As part of the swap, the BLM is considering acquiring a 29-acre inholding within the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area. The acquisition would be funded by the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The BLM is now seeking public comment on a preliminary environmental assessment of the exchange.

Federal land exchanges are based on trades of value for value instead of acre for acre.

The draft assessment and maps showing the location of the parcels are available on the BLM’s Grand Junction Field Office website at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html.

Public comments on the proposed exchange will be most helpful to the BLM if received by Sept. 26. Written comments can be mailed to the Grand Junction Field Office, 2815 H Road, Grand Junction 81506, Attention: Robin Lacy. Comments can also be submitted by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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