Thanks to all for the concern. Since it is now the 18th of August, you can also email comments to the BLM.
The thing that really makes me nervous about this whole thing is the pontential for a precedent to be set. We already hold onto our right to float through public land by a thread. There is not a clear cut definition of what is "navigable" water. I have an uncomfortable feeling that losing any public land on our waterways could come back to haunt us.
I do not believe that Paul Jones is going to stop at this swap. I think he will eventually see that the classic takeout at Spring Creek Road is closed to the public. This could also be used as a put in by fishermen. He wants his little playground to be in tact. Put yourself in his position. If you wanted to keep people out of your land, would you allow any access to remain that would make a shorter float for fishemen and therefore make it a bit more desireable since you would not have to do a 16-17 mile float in one day? In addition to being a paddler, I own a fly shop. I have had people in my shop that have been approached in the river by someone presumably representing BVR, and possibly the man himself saying that he "wished they would not float through his land, on his river and fish to his fish". That seems a bit much even for someone that is used to having it his way.
I did think the comments from the Summit County commisioners was interesting. The positive aspects of the swap would be felt in their county, and the negative in Grand County. I could probably ramble on, but get your comments in to the BLM.