Valle Seco Land Exchange objection period opens


    Staff report

    The Valle Seco 2019 Land Exchange project involves the exchange of nine federal parcels of land on the San Juan National Forest (SJNF) totaling approximately 380 acres for one nonfederal parcel of land totaling 880 acres, according to a public notice printed in this week’s SUN.

    A draft decision notice and finding of no significant impact is available for the project. The notice states that the “Responsible Official is Kara Chadwick, Forest Supervisor. It is the Responsible Official’s intention to select Alternative 3 Modified for this project.”

    According to the notice, objections pertaining to the project will only be accepted from those who have previously submitted specific written comments regarding the land exchange during scoping or another designated opportunity for public comment for the land exchange project. 

    The notice describing the proposed activities, maps and other information is available on the project Web page at: 

    An objection, including attachments, must be postmarked or received within 45 days after the date of publication. 

    Electronic submissions are preferred and may be submitted at: 

    Objections may also be faxed to (303) 275-5134, Attn: Reviewing Officer “OBJECTION: Valle Seco 2019 Land Exchange.” 

    Written objections may be submitted via mail to: USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region; Attn: Reviewing Officer; PO Box 18980; Golden, CO 80402. 

    Objections may also be submitted via express or hand delivery to USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region; Attn: Reviewing Officer; 1617 Cole Blvd., Building 17; Lakewood, CO 80401. 

    All objections will be available for public inspection during and after the objection process. 

    For more information about the project, contact Becca Smith at (970) 264-1521 or email