Billionaire’s land swap being renegotiated |

Billionaire’s land swap being renegotiated

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – A proposed land swap that would consolidate a ranch for billionaire William Koch is headed back to the drafting board.

Three environmental organizations have been asking that no legislation be introduced in Congress to promote the swap. All of the organizations cited concerns about access to the Raggeds Wilderness below Ragged Mountain, which overlooks Koch’s Bear Ranch and Paonia Reservoir.

According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Koch is offering to turn over 900 acres overlooking Blue Mesa Reservoir and the Dillon Pinnacles to be used by the National Park Service plus a private home in Dinosaur National Monument in exchange for the land.

Koch also owns a home near Aspen. Pitkin County has taken an interest in the land swap, as it has implications for an envisioned bike trail between Crested Butte and Carbondale.