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|To develop this treasure is to deprive
the many outdoor enthusiasts (who also ski with you) of the pleasure of a solitary
hike, snowshoe, cross-country ski. While you may think that there are plenty
of mountains out there, not one is as well-positioned as Snodgrass.
- CB Resident (11/07)
|Since 1977, High Country Citizens' Alliance has been at work protecting
the extraordinary natural areas of the Upper Gunnison River Basin. Conservation
is at the root of all they do. Facing challenges large and small, they believe
that integrity and cooperation are their best tools. This approach has enabled
them to resolve many difficult issues over the years. Today, their programs
range from preservation of our national forests, rangelands and water resources
to land use planning and fostering sustainable communities.
|Rocky Mountain Wild
|Skiing in Colorado, while an appropriate (and fun!) use of
our National Forests, can threaten the forests, rivers, and our mountains’ magnificent beauty − often
the very attributes that drew us here in the first place. With skier numbers stagnant
nationally for over two decades, some ski companies continue to greatly expand terrain
simply to retain “market share” over other ski areas also in our National
Forests – destroying wetlands, old-growth, and pristine mountain valleys in
the process. Driven by the lure of real estate development profits, many resorts
also over-develop exclusive ski-in/ski-out homes, further destroying Colorado’s
natural beauty and harming crucial lynx, bear, elk, and deer migration corridors.
As the founder and nationwide leader of the nationwide Ski Area Citizens’ Coalition, Rocky Mountain Wild is the only group working state-wide to curb environmentally harmful or real estate driven ski area expansions. With our partner organizations throughout the western U.S., we grade ski resorts each year on their environmental friendliness with the Ski Area Environmental Scorecard – a
widely acclaimed, user friendly tool thousands of skiers use to make a real difference.
|Town of Crested
|In May 2008, the Town Council of Crested Butte submitted a letter
to the USFS with the following comments: "We
find that too many of the people of the Town of Crested Butte, many people
in the Upper East River Valley, and many people in Gunnison County, do not
want lift served skiing expanded onto Snodgrass Mountain. Therefore,
the majority of the Town Council finds there is not enough community support for
“We ask that the Forest Service help Crested Butte become
an environmental leader. Help Crested Butte and the Gunnison National Forest
become the place that everyone else tries to emulate. There
are alternatives for ski areas to lead the path in environmental stewardship. We
feel this could be an opportunity for the Forest Service to be an inspiration and
a leader by using public land for something other than private fiscal speculation
by a few people."
On February 3, 2010, the Town Council approved
a letter to be sent to Forest Supervisor Charlie Richmond about the current
Snodgrass issue. The letter states that the current council has not taken
a formal position on CBMR's Master Development Plan or its lift-served
skiing development proposal.
here to read the letter.
|Colorado Environmental Coalition unites Coloradans to protect our natural heritage and quality of life. Every year, the Coalition mobilizes scores of organizations and hundreds of individuals who, like you, care deeply about Colorado. From soccer moms to steelworkers, from students to ranchers, from commuters to backpackers enjoying the world-famous Rocky Mountains, the Coalition's membership is as diverse as our state.
to CEC's Snodgrass comment page
from the Colorado Conservation Community (12/9/09)