By: Ruth Heide, Valley Courier
January 19, 2016
In a January 17th news release The Friends of Wolf Creek coalition stated it had discovered evidence the Forest Service had concealed and destroyed records connected with the Village at Wolf Creek proposed by Texas billionaire Red McCombs. The Village is a proposed development next to the WolfCreek Ski Area for which the Forest Service recently approved a land exchange that would provide direct access to the development from Highway 160. Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas approved the land exchange to trade about 205 acres of National Forest System land for 177 acres of land owned by the Village developer. Any development at the site, however, has been halted pending legal actions being resolved.
The coalition, which is comprised of the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council, Rocky Mountain Wild and San Juan Citizens Alliance, in February 2014 filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for communications related to the Wolf Creek decision, such as communication regarding the Environmental Impact Statement.
In response, the Forest Service provided several thousand pages of information in the spring of 2014, some of the documents released in full and some in part. The Rocky Mountain Regional Office released additional documents, and following an administrative appeal by the coalition in June of 2014, the Forest Service released more documents.
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