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The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision will create better access to Blue River and Green Mountain while providing Summit County $600,000 for additional open space acquisitions.
SUMMIT COUNTY—Summit County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) announced their support of the Blue Valley Land Exchange by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which was approved today upon the BLM’s Notice of Decision.
As part of the exchange, Summit County will receive $600,000 for use in new open space acquisitions, further protecting the County’s natural lands.
“This is a landmark decision for the County that will greatly improve recreation access to Blue River and Green Mountain while helping us continue our work conserving beautiful and beloved open spaces for future generations,” said Commissioner Elisabeth Lawrence. “On behalf of the Summit County Board of County Commissioners, we applaud the Bureau of Land Management for securing this economic and environmental victory for our residents, at no cost to the taxpayer.”
The many public benefits available as a direct result of the land exchange include:
Blue Valley Ranch will establish an endowment for the development and long-term maintenance of the new recreation features, including an initial investment of more than $2 million to establish the two new recreation areas and a river restoration project on three quarters of a mile of the Blue River.
Media Contact: David Rossi, Summit County Government970-453-3428, firstname.lastname@example.org