Today U.S. Congressman John Salazar offered the following comment regarding the U.S. Forest Service findings on the proposed Chris Park land exchange:
"I have talked to many of my constituents about their concerns with this land exchange. I asked the Forest Service to make several important changes to the exchange if they decide to pursue it. I am very pleased that per my request they dropped the proposed new road from Highway 550 to the Chris Park area. This road would have fragmented the remaining public land in the area and reduced its quality for recreation. The acquisition of Hermosa Park by the public is a tremendous benefit of this exchange.
However, I am very disappointed that the Forest Service did not honor my request on behalf of my constituents to provide the Chris Park Group Campground with an adequate buffer of land that remains public around the park on all sides."