Holding true to its promise to the public, the U.S. Forest Service yesterday officially suspended the Village at Wolf Creek Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. The agency had not received an updated development plan from the developer Red McCombs, and determined it was appropriate to simply shelve the EIS process rather than hold the public comment period open indefinitely.
Colorado Wild commends the Forest Service for taking this action, which follows its decision on October 7th to grant Colorado Wild’s request for an extension of the public comment period for the “Village.” After we presented information showing that the old development plan was impossible, the Forest Service requested a new development plan from McCombs. After a month and a half, McCombs has failed to supply a new plan.
This is great news for our efforts, having foiled yet another attempt by developers to fast track review of their project. When and if McCombs submits a new application to the Forest Service, the Friends of Wolf Creek is ready to continue our nine year battle to protect the public from the impacts of this proposed development.
Thanks to all of you who continue to support our efforts, attend public meetings, write letters to the newspaper and your elected officials. Together, our efforts continue to produce results.
We look forward to another Village-free winter at Wolf Creek. The forecast looks white for the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope to see you out there!