Let me tell you a story about a man named Red. It was back in the 80’s, he purchased some private land within the Saguache Ranger District of the Rio Grande National Forest. It was nice land; land the Forest Service had been eyeing for some time and Red had a plan.
RGNF sent the official rejection papers to the Reagan era US Department of Agriculture, where the trade was miraculously reborn then returned to RGNF marked ‘land trade accepted’ and Mr. Red McCombs received Title.
Amazingly RGNF officials are unable to produce a record of how that reversal actually occurred. Unfortunately, since it’s past the statute of limitations, no one seems interested in learning about it.
Well I am, so March 15th I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for the paper trail of what transpired between the RGNF’s rejection and McCombs receiving Title.