Weber County commissioners want to be heard when the U.S. Forest Service reviews appeals of its decision to trade 695 acres of land with the Snowbasin ski resort.

The commission on Wednesday authorized a letter to the Forest Service seeking intervenor status.The request will permit the commission to review and comment on the appeals filed last month by environmental activists opposed to the land swap between the Forest Service and Sun Valley Co., parent company of the Ogden Valley ski resort.

Three appeals to the trade, which would give the corporation room to substantially expand Snowbasin, have been filed with Forest Service Chief F. Dale Robertson.

Review of the appeals is expected to begin early next year.

The commission has until Tuesday to give notice that it wants intervenor status. The Weber Area Council of Governments, made up of Weber County mayors and county officials, has made the same request.

Snowbasin wants the land trade so that it can turn the resort into a year-round facility.