Paper trail shows agency hid and likely destroyed records related to controversial development proposal in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains
By: Bob Berwyn, Summit County Voice
January 17, 2016
Environmental and community activists opposed to a massive real estate development in southern Colorado say they have new evidence that the U.S. Forest Service tried to cover up how political influence tainted several steps of the approval process for the project.
A review of more than 60,000 pages documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request and a subsequent court order shows that the Forest Service deliberately concealed and destroyed records related to the Village at Wolf Creek development project.
At issue is an environmental study by the agency that evaluates the effects of a land trade at Wolf Creek Pass, in the eastern San Juan Mountains. If built as proposed, the so-called Village at Wolf Creek would include hundreds of new residential units on a private parcel of land surrounded by national forest in and near an important wildlife habitat.
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