Proposed Colo. land swap raises hackles

DENVER — A proposed land swap in western Colorado that would benefit a Florida billionaire and donor to U.S. Rep. John Salazar is opposed by hunters and fishermen who say the plan smells of political favoritism.

Salazar’s spokesman says he’s simply trying to help a constituent by proposing the swap of more than 1,800 acres of federally-managed land for nearly 1,000 acres owned by William Koch.

Outdoorsmen question the swap for a deep-pocketed Salazar donor who wants the land to connect two huge parcels he owns into a bigger, closed-to-the-public ranch.

The federally managed strip of land along Deep Creek in Gunnison County is a favorite route to get to Gunnison National Forest from the west.


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