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.
In March 2016, we filed a motion in the U.S. District Court to have records in the possession of the contractors that the Forest Service hired to prepare the environmental analysis of the land exchange disclosed and potentially added to the Administrative Record. While these records legally belong to the Forest Service, they have refused to ask the contractors to supply all of them. The attorneys for the Forest Service and the Leavell-McCombs Joint Venture responded to the court arguing that the Administrative Record was complete without these additional records. In the first week of May, we filed a 23-page Reply brief, and now we are awaiting the Court's decision. Full copies of our Brief, the defendant's Responses, and our Reply brief can be found here:
In January 2016, a federal judge ruled that the Forest Service needed to do a more thorough search of the records in response to Friend's of Wolf Creek's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, including high-level employees’ records and previously withheld documents. For the complete story, check out the article by The Durango Herald.
Our lawsuit challenging the current land exchange, which gives the developers year-round access to the highway, is scheduled to be heard this spring.
For an in-depth, chronological history of this case, visit our Background page.
The Friends of Wolf Creek coalition is 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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The administrative record is the paper trail that documents an agency's decision-making process and the basis for the agency's decision. Here is a link to the administrative record provided by the Forest Service on their decision to approve the land exchange with Red McCombs.
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