Wolf Creek Pass needs your help to remain the beautiful area that you and thousands of others know and love. Out-of-state developers continue to pursue plans for a "Village" at Wolf Creek, a city of 8,000-10,000 people at the top of the Pass.
This intense development plan in an otherwise undeveloped area entirely surrounded by National Forest would dramatically impact the entire region. Impacts of the proposed development threaten local businesses in nearby Archuleta and Rio Grande Counties, unspoiled backcountry recreation opportunities along the Continental Divide, water supply and water quality for downstream communities, rare and ecologically valuable fen wetlands, and one of the most critical wildlife corridors in the Southern Rocky Mountains.
On December 10, 2015, Friends of Wolf Creek coalition member, San Juan Citizens Alliance created this beautiful video that explains the fight against the "village" at Wolf Creek:
September 30, 2015, a Colorado U.S. District Court found that the Forest Service violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to conduct and make available to the pubic a full search of documents pertaining to the proposed "village." Senior Judge Wiley Y. Daniel gave the Forest Service until October 30th to produce the documents for public scrutiny. On October 27th, the Forest Service requested and was granted 30 more days to produce the documents. While we wait for all of the documents, our lawyers have begun reading the thousands of pages of documents we have received. We are confident that our efforts will show that the developer pressured the Forest Service into this decision - and that the decision will be reversed.
On July 14, 2015 the Friends of Wolf Creek coalition, U.S. Forest Service, and the Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture signed an agreement that will stop all construction and development of the "village" until our case is heard in Federal Court. Click here to read the press release.
On June 24, 2015 the Friends of Wolf Creek coalition filed a lawsuit to stop the land exchange that paves the way for the construction of the "village." Click here to read the press release.
This lawsuit is in response to the Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas' Final Record of Decision that was issued in May 2015. That decision would trade 205 federal acres for 177 acres of private land within the boundaries of the Rio Grande National Forest. The exchange will connect the private land to U.S. Highway 160, thus securing access to the developer’s private inholding.
The process for how this decision was made is the subject of two separate Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests submitted by Rocky Mountain Wild. The Forest Service has gone to great lengths to conceal communications and documents that were used to justify its decision, forcing us to file suits to obtain the records. Not surprisingly the records we have obtained show a continued pattern of secrecy and conflict of interest that plagued the 2006 EIS.
The Friends of Wolf Creek coalition is also petitioning U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell, requesting that he immediately stop the land exchange and start an independent review of the decision making process. Click here to sign the petition.
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