Tree farm history may be debatable |

Tree farm history may be debatable

Aspen Times Staff Report

Midvalley residents may soon get to pick their favorite version of the Mount Sopris tree farm’s history.

An Eagle County “fact sheet” lays out that government’s version of how the tree farm was acquired, how a plan for its future was developed and how the public participated.

But the history lesson isn’t without critics. Basalt Mayor Rick Stevens challenged the credibility of Eagle County’s “fact sheet” at a meeting Tuesday night and suggested to his board that Basalt may need to produce its own “fact sheet.”

Eagle County administrator Jack Ingstad said his government’s version wasn’t edited yet. A draft that wasn’t meant for public consumption mistakenly made its way into Basalt officials’ hands, he said.

Ingstad said he hadn’t seen the draft yet, so he couldn’t comment on whether or not it is accurate. Ingstad said Stevens may be getting riled over nothing.

“I think he needs to relax,” Ingstad said.

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