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Jul 18, 2013 12:45 PM by Kate Richards

Forest Service land repurposed to affordable housing

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) - U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet have introduced legislation to allow the use of Forest Service land for affordable housing in Summit County,

The legislation calls for a 40-acre land exchange from the Dillon Ranger District to Summit County. U.S. Rep. Jared Polis introduced a similar bill in the House.

According to the Summit Daily, federal officials believe the Forest Service-owned land has been marred by highways and trees that have been damaged by the bark-beetle epidemic, making it no longer useful for their needs.

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