Two area wildlife officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife praised the land exchange and the protections it offers to the the main components of the swap — roughly 1,200 acres of BLM land that would be folded into the Wexners’ Two Shoes Ranch and the 557-acre Sutey Ranch north of Carbondale, which would come into BLM ownership. “For us, it is a win for wildlife whether it is on the exchange parcel or the Sutey parcel. Both are major, major wintering areas,” wildlife officer John Groves said
ASPEN PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE — Pitkin County agreed Tuesday to throw its support behind a controversial land exchange involving two properties outside of Carbondale bringing to a close a roughly four-year debate that divided commissioners at the outset and divided them at the end. At the start, only Commissioner Jack Hatfield was willing to back the proposed land swap; in the end, only Commissioner Michael Owsley continued to oppose it. Their colleagues admitted to struggling with the proposal and said the county’s lone resistance helped improve the deal from the public’s perspective. With Tuesday’s 4-1 vote, commissioners approved an agreement with wealthy landowners Leslie and Abigail Wexner that makes the land exchange — a separate, proposed deal between the couple and the Bureau of Land Management — palatable (see below). The county will go on record in support of the exchange with a letter to the BLM.
By Janet Urquhart, Jan. 9, 13 AT
Victoria’s Secret owner Leslie and Abigail Wexner’s 3,994 acre Two Shoes Ranch in Carbondale, CO