By: Associated Press, The Washington Times
October 2, 2015

DENVER (AP) – A federal judge has ordered federal officials to go back and search their files after he ruled that the U.S. Forest Service violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to conduct an adequate search and limiting what was disclosed about a proposed development in southwestern Colorado.

Environmental groups had requested information on the Village at Wolf Creek proposal, which they said would threaten wildlife and cause other environmental damage in the area. The proposal would offer 177 acres of private land in the Rio Grande National Forest in exchange for 205 acres of federal land.

Travis Stills, an attorney for the environmentalists, said Friday the Forest Service failed to justify its decision to withhold thousands of pages from public scrutiny.

“The most important part of the ruling is the finding that the Forest Service did not search places where they would expect to find information. They ignored places where actual proof exists,” Stills said.

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