At the request of Pitkin County Commissioners, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hosting a public open house on Wednesday, June 13th in Aspen to provide information and answer questions about the proposed Sutey Ranch Land Exchange.
The public is invited to stop by any time between 4 and 6 pm at the Aspen City Hall Sister Cities Meeting Room, 130 South Galena.
Maps and details about the potential land exchange are available at www.blm.gov/co/crvfo.
Under the proposal, the BLM would acquire the 557-acre Sutey Ranch adjacent to the Red Hill Special Recreation Area in Garfield County, including the historic water rights from the ranch. The BLM would also receive 112 acres in Pitkin County along Prince Creek Road adjacent to The Crown area. this private parcel is a highly popular area with mountain bikers and is used to access BLM roads and trails.
The BLM would exchange three parcels totaling 1,269 acres in Pitkin County south of Carbondale that are mostly surrounded by private land and are difficult fo the public to access. These parcels would be transferred to teh Two Shoes Ranch. In Eagle County BLM would exchange three parcels totaling 201 acres on Horse Mountain southwest of Eagle which have limited public access. This parcel would be transferred to the Lady Belle Ranch.
Conservation easements would prevent development from occurring on lands taht would become private. BLM would receive a $1.1 million donation from the land exchange proponants - $100,000 to cover BLM's cost to develop a site-specific management plan for the newly acquired parcels , and $1 million for their long-term management.
BLM will accept comments through June 20, 2012. Written comments will be accepted at the open house. Comments can be emailed to: BLM_CO_SI_CRVFO_webmail@blm.gov.