PITKIN COUNTY REAL ESTATE – Since August, the board of Pitkin County commissioners has held five publicly noticed closed-door meetings on the swap. County officials have cited the clause in state open meeting laws that allows elected boards to meet in private executive sessions when “determining positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations; developing strategy for negotiations; and instructing negotiators.”…The exchange, proposed by Limited Brands founder Leslie Wexner and his wife, Abigail, would privatize more than 1,200 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land in Pitkin County, on the flanks of Mount Sopris, and give it to the Wexners. The land surrounds the family’s “Two Shoes” ranch. In exchange, the Wexners are offering the BLM property that includes mountain biking trails in the Prince Creek area and the 557-acre Sutey Ranch in Carbondale, touting a range of recreational benefits. They also are offering $1.1 million for management costs related to the land.
By Andrew Travers, Nov. 12, 12 ADN
Private holdings are outlined in red. Bureau of Land Management land is outlined in green. Under the proposed land swap, Leslie and Abigail Wexner would receive the large area of BLM land in the center of the photo and would place it under a conservation easement. The Wexners currently own all but a small piece of the private land outlined in red. They also own the land bordering the right side of the BLM parcel. Image courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails. (Source: Feb. 11, 2010 Sopris Sun article)