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Who is Bear Ranch?

Bear Ranch is the proponent of the Bear Ranch Land Exchange.

Bear Ranch:

Bear Ranch is an operating cattle ranch located east of Paonia Reservoir in Gunnison County, Colorado.  It is owned by Bill Koch, who is also the owner of the Elk Creek Mine in Somerset.

Bear Ranch wishes to acquire the BLM parcels in order to simplify their ranching operations, better maintain ranch and irrigation structures, and solve recurring trespassing and poaching issues.  Bear Ranch is the most frequent user of these lands, as they hold the grazing rights to the land.