Claimjumper and Wedge parcels will go from the Forest Service to Breckenridge in exchange for 407 acres in the San Juans
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Public national forest acreage in Summit County will shrink by about 53 acres, as White River National Forest supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams last week approved a swap that will see the 36-acre Claimjumper parcel and the 17-acre Cucumber Gulch Wedge parcel — both in the Breckenridge area — be transferred from the Forest Service to local ownership.
In exchange, the Forest Service will pick up a total of 407 environmentally valuable acres in La Plata and Dolores counties in the southwestern part of the state.
The San Juan parcels were previously acquired by the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit land conservation group that often buys private land for eventual conveyance to the U.S. Forest Service. The way the swap is set up, Breckenridge buys the San Juan parcels in order to be able to trade them for the two tracts near the town. (more…)
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