State, Exxon work on land swap deal

Colorado state officials are seeking to swap land in northwest Colorado for a larger parcel of land owned by Exxon Mobil Corp, in a deal that officials said would improve habitat and hunting prospects.

Colorado Parks and Recreation is offering to exchange the 910-acre Square S unit of the Piceance State Wildlife Area for 1,191 acres of land owned by Exxon.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on the swap as federal funding was used to help the state acquire the land originally, in 1956, and federal regulations require the agency to approve or disapprove the disposal of lands acquired with wildlife restoration funds.

An appraisal placed the value of the state-owned property at $2,025,000 and the Exxon Mobil property at 2,080,000, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Parks and Wildlife anticipates using the land now owned by the company to increase access to adjacent lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management, while the company plans to use the state parcel in its energy-development plans, according the environmental analysis of the land swap.

Comments will be accepted until Feb. 9 and should be sent to: Chief, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 25486, Denver, CO, 80225.


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