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White River forest chief sticks with controversial route for road to future mansions despite wildfire, wildlife concerns

White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams is sticking with his earlier decision on a road climbing from the Eagle River to a parcel of private property above Edwards where developers envision a community of luxury homes.  The developers of Berlaimont Estates wanted a straighter road through Forest Service land that reached the middle of […]

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U.S. Forest Service rethinks road through public lands to ritzy Vail Valley development

The proposed road through public land weaves up the mountain to thickets of aspens where Florida developers want to build trophy homes.  The bureaucratic path to approval, more than a decade in the making, is even more serpentine, as a chorus of wildlife advocates and conservationists fight the plan. “It’s quite obvious that most people, […]

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Forest Service OKs access road to Eagle County community surrounded by public land. But not the one developers wanted.

EDWARDS — The path up from the interstate is steep and muddy. In the winter, it’s closed to all visitors so elk and deer can hunker unbothered. At the end of the path lies an oasis where Florida investors Petr Lukes and Jana Sobotova want to build a luxury community. The developers have spent the […]