UPDATE: WA State Parks has extended the comment period through September 30th 2014.
To: Friends of Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park
From: Mt. Spokane 2000
Re: “Backside” Expansion Update
we wind down summer and look toward the ski season, we’re moving closer
toward securing approval on our plan to expand Mt. Spokane by adding a
chairlift with seven runs on the Northwest side of the mountain. This
is a critical time and once again, I’m writing to ask for your help.
Public comment is currently being received by the Washington State Parks
and Recreation Commission to classify the land as “Recreation”, and we
ask that you please convey your support with a letter or email message.
the past decade, we have worked tirelessly to balance environmental
stewardship with recreational priorities, and the process has been
extensive, lengthy and complicated, involving dozens of technical
studies, reports and plans.
In the meantime, a local
special-interest environmental group continues to work to stop the
expansion by creating hurdles for Washington State Parks. They filed an
appeal on the Washington State Parks Commission’s land classification
of the backside, which was thrown out in summary judgment in February
2012. They then appealed to the Superior Court. The Superior Court
decided that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) should have been
prepared prior to the Land Classification, rather than for the Ski Area
proposal (project action EIS completed in 2012).
Over the past
several months, a new DEIS has been prepared and consists of Two
Parts…one for Land Classification and one for the project action (lift
and seven trails). The all-inclusive Draft Environmental Impact
Statement can be seen at: http://www.parks.wa.gov/856/Mount-Spokane-PASEA-Land-Classification
expanded Mt. Spokane will benefit the region’s citizens through
enhanced recreation for youth and families and positively impact the
region’s economy.Parks is taking comments on the EIS now through September 30th, 2014.
See the DEIS for full details, but here is a quick breakdown of four alternatives being considered. It is IMPORTANT that Alternative 4 gain support: Part 1 – Land Classification (4 alternatives)
• Alternative 1 - No Action. The Land will not be classified at this time
• Alternative 2 - Natural Forest Area. No Chairlift or Trails. No back country skiing
• Alternative 3 - Resource Recreation and Natural Forest Area. No Chairlift or Trails. Back country skiing allowed.
Alternative 4 - (Preferred) Recreation, Resource Recreation and Natural
Forest Area. Allows for one chairlift and seven new trails, safeguards
natural areas and solidifies the long-term future of Mt. Spokane.Part 2 – Project Action
The Commission will not make a decision on Part 2 unless Part 1, Alternative 4 is chosen.
• Alternative 1 - No Action. Lift and Trails are not approved at this time
• Alternative 2 - Enhanced Recreation Alternative. Allows for the lift and seven trails. Includes more grading and clearing
Alternative 3 - Mitigated Alternative. Allows for the lift and seven
trails but doesn’t include as much grading and clearing. This was the
Alternative chosen by State Parks in the 2012 decision. Both
Alternatives 2 and 3 meet the purpose and need of the ski area.Comments on the Combined DEIS must be in writing and must be received by September 30, 2014.
Email comments are preferred. To provide email comments go to the State Parks web page at http://www.parks.wa.gov/FormCenter/Planning-6/Public-Comment-65
and enter “Mt Spokane PASEA” in the “Planning Project” box. Hard copy
mail comments on the Combined DEIS should be addressed to the SEPA
Responsible Official identified below:
PO Box 42650
Olympia, WA 98504-2650
appreciate your continued support and ask that you encourage family and
friends to get involved. If you have questions, check out http://www.mtspokane.com/expansion
or contact Brad McQuarrie at 509-238-2220 ext. 207 or at firstname.lastname@example.org