Court ruling halts Mt. Spokane ski area expansion

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by Breanna Roy & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 7:53 AM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 1:20 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Washington State Court of Appeals sided with The Lands Council, stating that Mount Spokane 2000 should have provided an Environmental Impact Statement before the State Parks Commission classified the land to allow the group to expand the ski area there.

"It's unfortunate we're putting all this money into lawyers and process instead of improvements at the park, but we'll get it done one of these days," Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park General Manager Brad McQuarrie said.

But the Lands Council hopes a more thorough Environmental Impact Statement will reveal the project's dangers to wildlife and what the Lands Council believes is Spokane County's largest remaining old-growth forest.

"We do think there's some compromise that could be made, but we just want 'em to stay out of that old growth and improve the ski area that they have," said the Lands Council Executive Director Mike Petersen.

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