September 30, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

Ski expansion unneeded

 

While on my field trip to Mt. Spokane with the Lands Council, I was able to see the proposed ski area expansion. The area where the proposed ski lift would go is an area surround by old growth. Old growth is an area where there are trees and plants that have been there for as many as 150 years.

There are layers of ecosystems throughout this area, which is why it is unique. I do not think that Mt. Spokane should be expanded because it will ruin the old growth forest and diverse ecosystems that are found there. The area where the chairlift would go is more dense with trees and plants than I expected. They would have to clear-cut a significant amount of trees.

As a skier, Mt. Spokane would be an easier drive, but the terrain that this new area would have is not significant enough to ruin such a large part of this mountain. There are many ski areas within 90 miles with plenty of skiing available. At some point we as skiers must ask ourselves, when is enough enough? Backcountry skiing is always an option for more skiing.

Kelsey McLean

Spokane

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