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Input sought on proposed Minturn land deal

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The White River National Forest is proposing to sell two administrative parcels located within the town of Minturn. The two parcels totaling just over 22 acres include an administrative site and vacant equipment yard located on the south end of town along Highway 24.

These actions are being proposed as part of a forest-wide effort to consolidate existing administrative facilities. Under authority given by Congress, the proceeds from this proposed sale will stay with the forest and be invested into administrative facility redevelopment projects across the forest, including the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District. These investments will increase energy and operational efficiency and allow the forest to provide enhanced public service, the Forest Service said.

“Right now, the Eagle-Holy Cross District operates out of two aged offices, one in Eagle and one in Minturn,” said Dave Neely, Eagle-Holy Cross District Ranger. “This circumstance doubles our administrative overhead and creates unnecessary road time for employees. This sale is the first step towards moving all of our resources under one roof allowing us to be more efficient and to provide a one-stop-shop for forest and community visitors.”-

As part of the sale process the forest has prepared environmental assessments that consider the environmental effects that may result from the sale of these parcels. The forest is seeking public input on these documents as part of analysis process.-To review them or comment, go to http://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/whiteriver/landmanagement/projects.

Written comments can be mailed to: White River National Forest, Tom McClure, Acting Director of Physical Resources, c/o Kevin Warner, 900 Grand Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.

Comments may also be faxed to 970-945-9029, attention Kevin Warner. All comments must be received by May 23.