Extension granted in Wolf Creek lawsuit
FARMINGTON – The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado granted the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service an extension on Monday to release documents related to a decision to exchange more than 200 acres of federally managed land at Wolf Creek Pass for 177 acres of private land, according to court documents.
The land exchange paves the way for a Texas developer to build a resort known as the Village at Wolf Creek near the ski area northeast of Pagosa Springs, Colo.
In September, the court ordered the Forest Service to gather the documents by the end of the month and release them to Rocky Mountain Wild, the San Louis Valley Ecosystem Council, the San Juan Citizens Alliance and the Wilderness Workshop by Nov. 9.
The four organizations form a coalition known as Friends of Wolf Creek. The coalition sued the Forest Service in June after it claimed the Forest Service failed to provide Rocky Mountain Wild with documents it asked for in a Freedom of Information Act request filed in February 2014.
The U.S. Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service requested the extension because the requested information is "extremely voluminous" and includes decisions by two federal agencies, according to court documents.
The court ordered the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to release the documents in two phases. The first phase of documents will be released Nov. 9, followed by a second phase on Nov. 13.
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