Swan Valley groups oppose ski area expansion-News

Posted On: 16 Jan 2020

Two Swan Valley conservation groups are objecting to more development in grizzly habitat. They are trying to hold the Flathead National Forest to its promises to protect grizzly bears.

The Flathead National Forest’s Hellroaring Basin has brought on the table an Improvement Plan which would benefit the Whitefish Mountain Resort. They are planning to add new ski runs, moving one chairlift and adding another with associated service roads, and thinning the nearby forest for glade skiing. The Swan View Coalition, the Friends of the Wild Swan, and wildlife consultant Brian Peck submitted their in-depth opposition to the expansion of the ski area at the last minute.

The Forest Service said that if the improvement plan gets approved then helicopters and heavy equipment would be used over three years to enlarge the resort by about 800 acres. 

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