Timberline Bike Park: 30-day public comment period, send in your comments!

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As many of you know, RLK and Company (dba Timberline Lodge and Ski Area) has proposed a lift-served mountain bike park on Mt. Hood.  The Forest Service has opened a 30-day* public comment period on the "Preliminary Assessment" of this proposal.

(*30 days from March 6th, when the public notice was published in the Oregonian)

Now is your opportunity to weigh in during this public process. 

Comments can be submitted to:
comments-pacificnorthwest-mthood-zigzag@fs.fed.us

(Image courtesy of Timberline)

Please read the attached letter from the Forest Service for more information on the Public Comment period.

Also, there will be an Open House on the 17th of March at the Zig Zag Ranger Station, starting at 4:00 p.m.

Proposal infomation:

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Forest Service Public Comment solicitation2.46 MB

Sandy Post Article by Timberline Owner

This is a good rebuttal to Dennis Cheney's prior article that ran a few weeks ago.  Worth the read.

http://www.theoutlookonline.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=1299598968145...

 

Here is the original article by Dennis Cheney of Friends of Mt. Hood.  As Konstamm points out, there are numerous misstatements in this article.  

http://www.sandypost.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=129660984247016900

Submitting comments to the USFS

I've already been copied on a number of letters to the USFS from mountain bikers supporting the project.  If you haven;t already done so, please take the time to write a letter in support of the proposed project.   Here are a few topics you might touch on:

Managed operation will allow proper design and maintenance, and allow restoration to occur to offset impacts.

The project will utilize existing infrastructure, including parking areas and lifts already in place.

It will provide some areas for families and small children to be introduced to the sport in a safe and controlled environment.

 

It will replace some area for Mtn. Biking that was exacted by the Mt Hood Wilderness Act recently passed.

It will nicely complement summer ski operations at Timberline, by reducing vehicle trips as many users would bike after skiing in the morning 

Thanks Tom

For your leadership in helping draft communication in support of the park to the USFS.  My letter has been sent. 

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