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Release Date: 05/30/12
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BLM seeks public comment on proposed Sutey Ranch land exchange (05-29-12)

SILT, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management is hosting a public open house meeting May 31 in Carbondale to provide information and answer questions about the proposed Sutey Ranch Land Exchange. 

The public is invited to stop by anytime from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.

“We are accepting written comment on this proposed exchange through June 20,” said BLM Colorado River Valley Field Manager Steve Bennett. “Our goal with the open house is to answer questions and discuss the proposal with the public to help them provide specific written comments.”

Maps and details about the potential land exchange, which is being facilitated by Western Land Group, are available at

Under the proposal, the BLM would acquire the 557-acre Sutey Ranch adjacent to the popular Red Hill Special Recreation Area in Garfield County, including the historic water rights from the ranch. The BLM would also receive 112 acres in Pitkin County along Prince Creek Road adjacent to The Crown area. This private parcel is a highly popular area with mountain bikers and is used to access BLM roads and trails.

The BLM would exchange three parcels totaling 1,269 acres in Pitkin County south of Carbondale that are mostly surrounded by private land and are difficult for the public to access. These parcels would be transferred to the Two Shoes Ranch. In Eagle County, BLM would exchange three parcels totaling 201 acres on Horse Mountain southwest of Eagle which has limited public access. This parcel would be transferred to the Lady Belle Ranch. 

Conservation easements that would prevent development from occurring on the lands that would become private would be placed simultaneously at closing by Two Shoes Ranch and Lady Belle Ranch. The BLM would also receive a $1.1 million donation from the land exchange proponents – $100,000 to cover BLM’s cost to develop a site-specific management plan for the newly acquired parcels, and $1 million for their long-term management.

“BLM will only go forward with a land exchange if it is in the public’s interest,” Bennett said. “We’ll take a broad range of interests into account as part of our detailed evaluation process, and we need to hear about any specific concerns or issues.  The more specific the feedback, the more effective it will be.”

After the public comment period closes, BLM will begin an Environmental Assessment of the proposal. A final decision is currently expected in 2013.

“It’s important to remember that BLM land exchanges are evaluated based on the value of the lands involved – they are not straight acre-for-acre exchanges,” Bennett said.

BLM will accept comments through June 20, 2012. Written comments will be accepted at the open house. Comments can also be e-mailed to or mailed to BLM, 2300 River Frontage Road, Silt, CO 81652, Attn: Sutey Ranch Land Exchange.

Before including your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.  While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

  2300 River Frontage Road      Silt, CO 81652  

Last updated: 05-30-2012