In a move that has been widely feared by ski resort proponents, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell today affirmed an appeal decision involving the rejection of Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s (CBMR) Snodgrass Mountain Expansion Proposal.
This most recent review in the ongoing Snodgrass saga was conducted by Associate Deputy Chief Gloria Manning on behalf of Chief Tidwell. Manning’s appeal review upholds the previous decision by Deputy Regional Forester James Peña and Forest Supervisor Charlie Richmond to reject the expansion plan.
“Of course we’re incredibly disappointed with this decision,” said Tim Mueller, president of CBMR. “The Forest Service has decided it is appropriate for one Forest Service employee to decide the future of an entire community with no public process whatsoever. Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, U.S. Senator Mark Udall, other elected officials and thousands of citizens have asked the Forest Service to allow public review through a NEPA process,” added Mueller. “The Forest Service has refused.”
Chief Tidwell’s latest decision directs Forest Supervisor Richmond to discuss with CBMR whether or not there is a proposal for skiing on Snodgrass Mountain that can and will be considered by the Forest Service. Representatives for CBMR say they look forward to those discussions.
“As far as next steps we’ve just received the decision and have not yet received the attachment,” added Mueller. “We are considering all of our options.”