Wednesday, April 17, 2002
The northside of Mt. Hood may be my favorite place in Oregon and I have climbed and skied there in all seasons. I have also skied at Mt. Hood Meadows and enjoyed myself there, but I am deeply disturbed by the plans that Mt. Hood Meadows has for developing the Cooper Spur Ski area and even more disturbed by the way they are going about it.
An article in the March 17 Oregonian laid out some of these plans but one of the things that went unmentioned was the fact that there are four timber sales tied to that expansion. The Klan, Tilt, Tartan and Clear sales threaten to clear hundreds of acres of native forest and Mt. Hood Meadows (unofficially) plans to convert these cuts into ski runs and parking lots. The clear cutting of this beautiful area is bad enough, but the fact that Mt. Hood Meadows is going to use these areas for their expansion so that they will never recover is much worse. The federal government is not supposed to propose projects for one use (logging to reduce fire risk) and then use the project for another purpose (leasing more ski runs) but this appears to be what is happening.
There are enough ski areas on Mt. Hood (five) and there are many more reasons to oppose this underhanded project. It hope it can be stopped or at least cut back.