Colorado’s “Buzzard of the Backcountry”–Developer Tom Chapman’s Story on Colorado Public Radio–LISTEN
image: Outside Magazine
Tom Chapman’s approach to business makes a lot of people angry. It’s also made him very rich. Chapman buys stunning pieces of land in undeveloped mountain areas. And then he threatens to develop them. What often happens is that people are willing to pay him significant sums to buy the land and keep it pristine. Chapman’s been doing this for decades, most recently near Telluride. Kelley McMillan profiles him in her story, “Backcountry Monopoly” for Outside Magazine. She tells CPR’s Zachary Barr how Chapman got his start.