Aspen, Colorado-based real estate firm Real Estate One is one of the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed against the Trump administration on Wednesday.
The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges that the Trump Administration improperly sought to remove an environmental assessment issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in March 2020, which stated that Aspen would not be a designated national forest.
The Environmental Protection Act (EPA’s own regulations) were a “major cause of the economic harm” to Aspen and other properties in the region, the suit said.
The EPA issued an assessment of Aspen’s status in 2020, but the suit argues that the federal government’s decision did not accurately reflect the property’s environmental condition.
The suit alleges that in 2017, Trump administration officials sought to revoke Aspen National Forest status, citing its environmental status as “designated national forest,” and that the DOI sought to “impose a special status designation that would prevent the public from accessing public lands.”
Real Estate One argues that aspen, as a national forest, is a federally protected area and therefore “not subject to federal protection.”
In its lawsuit, the plaintiffs claim that as the only National Forest in the entire U.P., Aspen has a direct and direct impact on the economic development of the surrounding area.
The plaintiffs argue that because of Asperen’s designation as a National Forest, Aspen is a “national park,” which would require the designation to be rescinded by the Trump EPA, according to the suit.
The suit also claims that the designation as National Forest is in conflict with the National Park Service’s National Historic Preservation Act, which requires that the National Forest be designated as a “natural area.”
Aspen National Park, which is currently managed by the National Recreation and Park Association, is also named in the lawsuit.
The federal government has not commented on the lawsuit, but did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox Sports.