DENVER — The U.S. Forest Service announced that the purchase of land around Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake is among its top 10 acquisition priorities for 2021.
The agency’s list released last week ranked the purchase in Garfield County ninth among 36 land acquisition projects, The Colorado Sun reports.
The forest service requested $8.5 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
The fund is supported by royalty payments from offshore drilling companies. In December, Congress allocated $495 million from the fund for 2020, the largest distribution in 17 years.
The Sweetwater Lake property is the largest request on the forest service’s $87.1 million list of priority projects.