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FARMINGTON – The U.S. District Court of Colorado on Friday ordered the U.S. Forest Service to conduct more searches to find documents relating to the agency's decision to approve a land exchange that paves the way for a developer to build the Village at Wolf Creek near Pagosa Springs, Colo.

The search for documents comes as a result of a lawsuit alleging the Forest Service violated the Freedom of Information Act by withholding documents, such as emails about the land exchange, that a coalition of environmental groups requested in 2014

The Forest Service has until March 31 to complete the search for documents and release the documents to the coalition, according to a press release from the coalition.

The land exchange was approved in May and would trade more than 200 acres of federal land for 177 acres of privately owned land.

According to the press release, Friday's court ruling expands the search for documents to all records rather than just emails, including records from 15 individuals that had not been included in the prior searches.

The Forest Service has already released more than 69,700 pages of documents to the coalition.

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