The land trade has been proposed by Leslie Wexner, founder of Limited Brands, imprints of which include Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works. He and his wife, Abigail, live full-time in Ohio and part-time on their ranch in rural Pitkin County outside Carbondale. The land they seek to privatize splits their existing 3,944-acre Two Shoes ranch there.The deal would make public the 557-acre Sutey Ranch, just outside Carbondale in Garfield County, and privatize more than 1,200 acres of public land on the flanks of Mount Sopris in Pitkin County, along with 195 adjacent acres in Eagle County.
ASPEN PITKIN CUNTY REAL ESTATE – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has received about 70 written comments regarding the Wexner land exchange, according to an agency spokesman, including 20 that were submitted at an open house in Carbondale on Thursday night.The public’s opportunity to give feedback on the controversial swap ends June 20. With that deadline nearing, Pitkin County officials are exploring alternatives to the swap proposal that is moving through the BLM’s public process. The Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a closed-door meeting to discuss the issue on Tuesday.“We’re exploring our options to see if there’s any opportunity to work with the Wexners to achieve what we consider a better public benefit from the exchange,” County Manager Jon Peacock said Friday.
By Andrew Travers, June 2, 2012 ADN
One of the small lakes on the Two Shoes Ranch. Carbondale’s spectacular Mount Sopris is in the background.