RFSD swaps land near outdoor ed site
CARBONDALE, Colo. The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 agreed to swap land with a private citizen to ensure students have future access to the Roaring Fork River.The land is at the RFSD’s outdoor education site between the Catherine Store and El Jebel, right near the river. In an agreement approved Wednesday night, the district would give about two acres of land to Jim Biebl, a property owner to the east, in exchange for about three acres of his property, according to Shannon Pelland, assistant superintendent of business and finance.In the swap, the district got access to the river and a portion of an island, Pelland said.Biebl couldn’t be reached.The land Biebl traded stretched along the river frontage. Biebl was always generous enough to allow students to access the river, but the RFSD wanted to make the swap so a future landowner couldn’t deny students access to the river.”Jim honestly has been fantastic about letting the district access the river over his property,” Pelland said.Pelland said Biebl received district land in an orientation that will allow him to create another lot if he wants to. That’s an advantage because it creates more flexibility and options for his property, she added.The deal won’t be fully done for another couple of months, Pelland said, because the district decided to clear the title on its land, which is still in process. There was a vague description of the property that needed to be cleared up, which basically said the district owns 10 acres going west from two points, she added.The property is basically a square, that will go from about 9.96 acres before the swap to 11.15 acres after the swap. The land was donated in 1966 by Margaret Smith, who owned it and wanted to give it to the district for educational purposes, Pelland said.She said there were no other incentives for either side other than agreements included in the land swap.The land should continue to afford students some hands-on outdoor learning experience.”River habitat and ecology is one of the main reasons we use that as an outdoor ed site,” Pelland said. Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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