Valle Seco

Near Pagosa Springs, CO

Overview: Proposed in November 2019, this project involves the exchange of nine federal parcels of land, Parcel 1-9, on the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) totaling approximately 380 acres for one non-federal parcel of land, Parcel A, totaling 880 acres.

Per the June 2022 Final Decision, the Forest Supervisor selected to approve Alternative 3 Modified for this project. The modification proposes to limit motorized road use on Parcel A and excludes a previously proposed exchange parcel. The heart of the issue is whether the value of the elk and deer habitat and their use of Parcel A warrants the loss of nine parcels of public land that include existing Colorado Roadless Area and land suitable for Wild and Scenic River designation.

• Status: In partnership with San Juan Citizens Alliance (SJCA), CWPL filed litigation on September 23, 2022 arguing against the Final Decision to approve the exchange. We await response.

• Federal Agency: San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District

• Proponents: Bootjack Ranch, LLC; David C. Lindner Trust; David C. Lindner Dynasty Trust; David K. Skidmore; and Cynthia A. Sites

• Representatives: Western Land Group

• Location: Archuleta County near Pagosa Springs, and land near the San Juan and Rio Blanco Rivers

• Public Land To Be Conveyed To Proponent: Nine parcels of Federal lands aggregating 380 acres.

• Non-Federal Land To Be Acquired By Public: One parcel of non-Federal lands of 880 acres.

• USFS Website for published project documents

Documents Received via Freedom of Information Act Requests

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