Delayed but not derailed

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Delayed but not derailed

Even as beetles ravage forest, the scale of Red McCombs’ plans to build a mountaintop village hinge on land swap
Above: Alberta Park, the snow-covered meadow just below Wolf Creek Ski Area, has been the epicenter of a fight over ski resort development for nearly three decades since B.J. “Red” McCombs proposed building the Village at Wolf Creek. McCombs’ latest plan would trade his land in the meadow for a parcel just to the north, in the trees next to U.S. Highway 160. A Forest Service analysis of the plan is expected to be released in March.
In summer 2007, the trees of Wolf Creek Pass were still green, before a spruce beetle outbreak ravaged the forest.
A truck climbs Highway 160 on Wolf Creek Pass, next to land the Forest Service is considering trading to B.J. “Red” McCombs to build his proposed Village at Wolf Creek.
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Delayed but not derailed

Above: Alberta Park, the snow-covered meadow just below Wolf Creek Ski Area, has been the epicenter of a fight over ski resort development for nearly three decades since B.J. “Red” McCombs proposed building the Village at Wolf Creek. McCombs’ latest plan would trade his land in the meadow for a parcel just to the north, in the trees next to U.S. Highway 160. A Forest Service analysis of the plan is expected to be released in March.
In summer 2007, the trees of Wolf Creek Pass were still green, before a spruce beetle outbreak ravaged the forest.
A truck climbs Highway 160 on Wolf Creek Pass, next to land the Forest Service is considering trading to B.J. “Red” McCombs to build his proposed Village at Wolf Creek.
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What’s next

The decision: The Forest Service must decide if it will trade public land next to U.S. Highway 160 for private land below Wolf Creek Ski Area so developers can build a resort village.
The date: A final Environmental Impact Statement and draft Record of Decision are expected by early to mid-March.
Next up: A final Record of Decision will be issued 45 days later, allowing time for objections to the Forest Service regional office in Denver.

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