Posted on September 6, 2012 by Bob Berwyn
Court determines that Forest Service failed to meet environmental review standards in approving exploration project on public lands
Pollution from mining can affect ground and surface water for many decades, like here at the abandoned Pennsylvania Mine site in Summit County, Colorado, where miles of stream have poisoned by acid mine drainage. Photo by Bob Berwyn.
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — A late August federal court ruling from a U.S. District Court in Idaho could have a ripple effect on proposed mining activities around the West.
The decision by U.S. District Court Judge Edward J. Lodge requires the U.S. Forest Service to do more baseline environmental analysis and disclose potential water quality impacts from an exploratory mining proposal.
In his decision, Lodge, a Bush-era appointee, said the Forest Service failed to meet standards spelled out under federal environmental laws when it comes to evaluating and disclosing potential effects to groundwater. (more…)
Filed under: Environment, public lands, US Forest Service, water | Tagged: Environment, mining, NEPA, public lands, U.S. Forest Service, Western Action Mining Project | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 4, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
The White River National Forest scoping map for proposed improvements at Beaver Creek. Click for a full-size view.
New trails sought at Eagle County ski area. Forest Service begins environmental studies with public comment phase
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The U.S. Forest Service and Beaver Creek Ski Area are starting to study a plan that would add a new women’s downhill race course and new giant slalom course, the latter using parts of existing trails on Grouse Mountain. The proposed improvements would be in preparation of the 2015 FIS Alpine World Championships.
White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams started the process with a notice of intent in the Federal Register aimed at soliciting public comments. (more…)
Filed under: ski industry, Ski Resorts, skiing and riding, Summit County Colorado | Tagged: Alpine skiing, Beaver Creek, Federal Register, FIS Alpine World Championships 2015, Grouse Mountain, NEPA, Summit County Colorado, Summit County News, White River National Forest, Winter Sports, WRNF | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 14, 2010 by Bob Berwyn
Multiple projects on national forest lands are under way. Watch this YouTube video of the Grateful Dead and Los Lobos singing This Land is Your Land to get fired up, then click on the links below and get involved.
SUMMIT COUNTY — About two-thirds of the land in Summit County is owned by you and me, and managed on our behalf by the U.S. Forest Service. Even the land where our big ski resorts operate is public land, and we all have a responsibility to be involved in making decisions about what happens on that land. (more…)
Filed under: Environment, forests, public lands, Summit County Colorado, US Forest Service | Tagged: Environment, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness, Keystone Forest Health, NEPA, oil and gas leasing White River National Forest, public lands, Summit County, Summit County Colorado, Summit County News, White River National Forest projects, White River National Forest travel management plan | Leave a Comment »