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Proposed Mt. Spokane Ski Resort Expansion Meets Opposition

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Skiing on Mt. Spokane

Opponents to a proposed expansion of the Mt. Spokane ski area are appealing to Governor Inslee for help in stopping the project.

Conservation groups are upset about a plan to log forest land to expand a ski area within the largest state park in Washington. They say that expansion will require logging of an old-growth forest.

The proposal is not finding favor with the Spokane Tribe. David Browneagle is the tribal council Vice Chairman.

“So I would rather have my grandchildren go to the mountain and see this is what this tree looks like, and it has always grown here. And these are the animals that have lived here. I’d rather have them experience it like I was able to. So yes please, ski, but on the other side, and on the other side we can have this natural resource that is alive and well.

The Washington State Parks Commission decided last year to allow the expansion to go forward.

Now, the Spokane Tribe and The Lands Council are requesting the Governor to ask the Parks Commission to reconsider its decision. They cite Inlsee’s concerns with global warming and say intact old growth forests are an important tool for storing carbon.

Last week conservation groups also filed an appeal of the recent Superior Court decision to allow the project to proceed.

Steve was part of the Spokane Public Radio family for many years before he came on air in 1999. His wife, Laurie, produced Radio Ethiopia in the late 1980s through the '90s, and Steve used to “lurk in the shadowy world” of Weekend SPR. Steve has done various on air shifts at the station, including nearly 15 years as the local Morning Edition host. Currently, he is the voice of local weather and news during All Things Considerd, writing, editing, producing and/or delivering newscasts and features for both KPBX and KSFC. Aside from SPR, Steve ,who lives in the country, enjoys gardening, chickens, playing and listening to music, astronomy, photography, sports cars and camping.