When it comes to the VWC land exchange EIS, everything takes longer than you expect. As you know, many people have been expecting the RGNF to release the VWC FEIS and ROD for a while now. After a thorough review of the EIS, Dan (Dan Dallas - Rio Grande National Forest Supervisor) has determined that additional analysis is needed before he can make an informed decision.
In particular, Dan asked the team to expand their review associated with developments that are accessed next to ski areas on public lands. We don’t currently have a timeline, but we hope to have the work completed by early summer.
As a reminder, Dan stated early on when the EIS was first initiated that the process would take as long as is needed in order to complete a thorough analysis on which he could base his decision. NEPA requires Dan to take a “hard look” at all aspects of the environmental and social issues associated with the proposed project.
He asked for a more in-depth look and further analysis upon review of the draft EIS documentation prior to making a final decision.
Hope that helps.
Public Affairs SpecialistIndeed it does.
Thank you for the information Mr. Blakeman.