They say they have legal standing to carry out appeals process
The U.S. Forest Service has decided not to appeal a federal judge’s ruling to nix the controversial Village at Wolf Creek – a significant win for opponents of the proposed development and a possible major blow to developers.
In May 2017, a federal judge ruled the Forest Service skirted its responsibilities when it approved a land swap that would give access to the proposed massive development near the Wolf Creek Ski Area.
A series of court filings and attempts to reverse the decision over the ensuing months ultimately failed. In November, the Forest Service filed a notice that it intended to challenge the judge’s decision in a higher appeals court.
The Forest Service had a final deadline to file the official appeal on Wednesday. And according to court records, the Forest Service has not filed any sort of appeal.
Requests from The Durango Herald for comment from the Forest Service and the U.S. Department of Justice were not returned.
Travis Stills, an attorney with Energy & Conservation Law, which represents several environmental groups opposing the project, said the Forest Service’s inaction should effectively put an end to a multi-year battle.