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Comment period opens for Summit boundary expansion posted on 05/01/2020

A comment period opened at the end of April, offering the community a chance to provide feedback on a proposal to expand the boundary of the Summit Ski Area. R.L.K. and Company, who has operated Timberline Lodge since 1955, acquired the special use permit (SUP) for Summit in 2018, and the proposed boundary expansion will create “permitted connectivity,” noted Jon Tullis, Director of Public Affairs for Timberline.

The comment period will end on Tuesday, May 26.

“This is the first step to set the table,” Tullis said, describing it as a “mapping exercise.”

In a 2019 Master Plan, future conceptual proposals for the two areas included a new day lodge, a new quad chairlift, summer activities, improved parking and transportation solutions and a gondola to offer an alternative way for visitors to get from Summit to Timberline. Tullis noted that the plan was put through a robust stakeholder process and built enthusiasm over the general concept.

The proposed boundary expansion would amend the Summit SUP to add approximately 206 acres to the permitted area. The expanded boundary would include portions of the Alpine Trail and historic West Leg Road. There would not include any ground disturbance or vegetation removal.

“This (boundary) proposal really changes nothing on the ground,” he added. “We want to hear what the public has to say. The first indication was enthusiastic.”

To read the scoping letter, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/projects/mthood/landmanagement/projects. For more information about the 2019 Summit Master Plan, visit www.summitskiarea.com.

Electronic comments, including attachments may be submitted to: comments-pacificnorthwest-mthood-zigzag@usda.gov. Due to concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic, electronic comments are strongly encouraged. Written comments may also be submitted via mail (but not hand-delivered) to the Zigzag Ranger Station at 70220 E Highway 26, Zigzag, OR 97049.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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