Forest Service says fourteener trailhead would not be sold |

Forest Service says fourteener trailhead would not be sold

The USDA Forest Service doesn’t know yet what’s on the land it has proposed to put on the auction block in order to raise money for rural schools and roads. One thing is certain: If one of those parcels up for potential sale contains a trailhead to a fourteener, you can bet it will be removed from the list of land the agency is recommending to be sold, said regional Forest Service spokesman Jim Maxwell. More than 20,000 acres in national forests across Colorado are up for potential sale, pending public comment and Congressional approval. The Post Independent reported last week that Maxwell said one parcel contained a trailhead to a popular fourteener. But he clarified that statement on Monday: The agency “doesn’t know yet.” A parcel containing such a trailhead is certain to be yanked from the list, he said. He said Forest Service officials haven’t yet had the time to review what is on the land they want to sell, a process that will run concurrently with a 30-day public comment period on the land sale. The comment period begins today.

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