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Bitterroot Resort Requests Public Land Use For Skiing, Mountain Biking

Bitterroot Resort has requested a special use permit for creating alpine skiing, Nordic skiing and summer mountain bike areas on 1,680 acres in the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests adjacent to developer Tom Maclay’s ranch. The proposal was announced by the resort in a press release Tuesday afternoon and confirmed by the Bitterroot National Forest today. The request is a revision of an earlier proposal that was denied by the Forest Service because it was not allowable under the forest plan. A new forest plan is in the works and is expected to be released soon.

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Bitteroot Resort Makes Another Bid for Forest Service Land Use

The Bitterroot Resort announced late Tuesday afternoon that it has applied for a special use permit to use 1,680 Forest Service acres next to Tom Maclay's ranch for the proposed destination ski resort. The press release says: "The proposal is a specific, refined response to the agency’s informing Bitterroot Resort proponents in 2005 that a previous concept plan for a destination ski resort on the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests would not be accepted at that time but that a different application might subsequently be considered."

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U.S. Attorney: Tom Maclay Illegally Cut Trees in Research Natural Area

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark Steger Smith filed a complaint today in U.S. District Court alleging Tom Maclay, who is proposing a destination ski resort on his property at the base of Lolo Peak, cut about 400 trees on Forest Service property, including trees in the Carlton Ridge Research Natural Area. The complaint (which you can download as a PDF by clicking here) details two Forest Service investigations -- one involving illegal cutting along Forest Service Road 1311 to make way for a snow-grooming machine and another that found seven closed roadways cleared without permission and seven "areas of new road construction" on Forest Service property. Maclay admitted to Forest Service officials to clearing the roads and cutting the trees, according to the complaint.

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Missoula to Maclay: Show us the Money

The intricate development plans, high-powered consultants and slick PR campaign all say one thing: Money. But the folks behind the controversial Bitterroot Resort proposal aren’t answering many financial questions – and in the end they may be the only ones that really matter. UPDATE: The Bitterroot Resort has a drafted an updated response to many of the concerns voiced by opponents of the project, but no money answers yet. Click here to see what the Bitterroot team has to say.

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