Lamborn Praises Passage of Colorado Land Exchange Act
Today, the House of Representatives voted in favor of Congressman Lamborn’s bill, H.R. 618, the Colorado Land Exchange Act of 2017.
This legislation enhances tourism and provides tremendous new recreational opportunities by constructing new trails and granting permanent public access to a segment of the Barr Trail that did not have perpetual access.
The Congressman has issued the following statement:
"This legislation gives 320 acres to the United States from the Broadmoor’s Crags property located on the west side of Pikes Peak. It also conveys a perpetual public access easement for the lower portion of the popular Barr Trail. In exchange, the federal government transfers 83 acres located at Emerald Valley Ranch on the southeast side of Pikes Peak and a perpetual access easement along two Forest Service roads to the Broadmoor. This exchange would eliminate the management and liability issues currently facing the United States because of the significant upgrades and improvements the Broadmoor has made to the Emerald Valley Ranch parcel.
This land exchange also provides increased outdoor recreational opportunities for the Pikes Peak region. The 320-acre Crags property is completely surrounded by the Pike National Forest and has been the top acquisition priority for the Pikes Peak Ranger District for several years. The property provides several opportunities to connect forest system trails emanating from The Crags Campground with trails in the Putney Gulch area. In addition, existing trails within the property could become key links in the proposed Ring-the-Peak Trail.
I would like to thank everyone who has worked to help increase the economic and recreational opportunities in and around Colorado Springs."
- Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)