Today, U.S. Senator Mark Udall delivered the following statement after a final decision by the U.S. Forest Service on a land swap with Glacier Club, in which the Forest Service will acquire 160 acres of private property adjacent to the Hermosa Roadless Area and an additional 10 acres in the Weminuche Wilderness in exchange for 228 acres of federal lands adjacent to Glacier Club's private property north of Durango. Senator Udall helped facilitate the agreement, working with residents and the Forest Service.
"I'm very glad to see a resolution on this land exchange. After considerable public input, we've reached an agreement that I think both reflects the community's values and benefits the public interest and which incorporates our most pressing concerns. I want to thank the Forest Service for their earnest work on this proposal.
"As a result of the swap, we will add 160 acres adjacent to the largest roadless area in Colorado, and 10.3 acres will be added to the Weminuche Wilderness, the largest Wilderness Area in Colorado. One particular benefit is the added protection it will mean for the Hermosa Creek watershed. The exchange will keep the watershed whole, helping protect the remarkable creek and ensuring the land around it will be available for hunting and fishing, skiing, hiking, camping, and kayaking for generations to come."