Suit filed over Village decision

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Several conservation organizations have banded together and filed a lawsuit against two U.S. Forest Service employees and two federal agencies to halt the controversial Village at Wolf Creek land exchange approved in May.

The 72-page complaint, filed June 24, challenges the administrative procedure used to reach the decision to exchange federal property with nonfederal property and alleges “inadequate analysis” under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The lawsuit was brought by Rocky Mountain Wild, the San Juan Citizens Alliance, San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council and Wilderness Workshop and names four defendants: Rio Grande National Forest (RGNF) Supervisor Dan Dallas, Deputy Regional Forester Maribeth Gustafson, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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