Friends of Ski Lifts on Snodgrass and Citizens for NEPA Forming Up For Two Separate Rallies

The Friends of Ski Lifts on Snodgrass and Citizens for NEPA are teaming up once again for two separate rallies in Crested Butte and Gunnison.

On Monday, December 7, 2009, they be meeting at the Four Way Stop in Crested Butte at 6:00 pm to march down Elk Avenue and back, ending at the CB Town Council Meeting. The purpose of the rally is to show the new Town Council that “our community is not divided on the proposed Snodgrass Expansion, but that 85% of our community is in favor of moving the proposed expansion into NEPA”.

Organisers are asking for as many supporters as possible to attend the rally in order to have the greatest impact. They said”: The opposition to Snodgrass has always been the minority, but they have been extremely vocal and visible and they have lead a very organized and successful campaign. It is time for Snodgrass supporters to stand tall and proud, and to make sure our voices are heard.”

“It is very important that the rally is civil & organized. We have a person designated to speak, as we have very limited time during the public comment period at the beginning of the council meeting. Please bring yourself, your friends, your family, your kids, your signs & be ready to rally. FOSM are doing the same. We MUST outnumber them at this rally – not just in the surveys.”

Then, on Wednesday, December 9th, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm there will be a Snodgrass “NEPA NOW” Gunnison Rally at the Ol’ Miner Steakhouse – 139 N. Main St.

Organisers strongly encourage all Gunnison Valley residents, business owners and anyone else who is dismayed by the recent US Forest Service decision to not allow Crested Butte Mountain Resort to enter into the NEPA process. Crested Butte residents are encouraged to attend as well to help share our energy and facts with our Gunnison Valley partners!

Snodgrass Mountain, adjacent to Crested Butte Mountain, has been inside the Crested Butte Mountain Resort’s Special Use Permit boundary and allocated to skiing in the GMUG (Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison) Forest Plan for over 25 years. It has long been identified as an integral part of the future of developed recreation in the Gunnison Valley.

Organisers said: “The Forest Supervisor’s sudden decision to reject Crested Butte’s Master Development Plan and not enter NEPA on this project is not only arbitrary and capricious, it violates NEPA. It deprives the public of any input into an important, long-term decision on the commitment of resources for outdoor recreation and tourism. The entire Gunnison Valley should be concerned when a federal agency such as the US Forest Service has the ability to make a decision without public input and brush off the potential economic consequences that will potentially affect so many local residents.”

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