Valle Seco Land Exchange Updates
The San Juan National Forest issued the Valle Seco Land Exchange Final Environmental Assessment; the Draft Decision Notice and the Finding of No Significant Impact, on September 24, 2021. COWPL has submitted its formal objection to this Draft Decision,which can be found here.
Additionally, COWPL has submitted multiple requests through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to obtain appraisals for the land proposed for conveyance under this exchange. Due to continued lack of USFS transparency, COWPL filed a formal FOIA complaint seeking access to the appraisals in order to appropriately assess public interest, or lack thereof. See the complaint here. We are still awaiting the appraisals, but have received correspondence and records relating to the processing of COWPL's previous FOIA requests for the appraisal.