Lands Council hosting old growth forest hike | Environment
The Land's Council is hosting an old growth forest hike on Mt. Spokane Saturday, at 10am, to share why they oppose the ski resort expansion. Hikers will be taken through the area that would be impacted by the expansion and have the opportunity to hear what the Lands Council would like to see the area become.
“It's quite a beautiful area,” said Mike Peterson, Executive Director of the Lands Council. Peterson will lead the four hour hike alongside a plant ecologist and biologist who will explain why the old growth forest is important to the mountainside.
The proposed Mt. Spokane ski expansion, known as PASEA, looks to add a chair lift and ski runs on a portion of the west side of the mountain. The Lands Council opposes expansion to this area of the mountain because of the old growth forest that is located there.
“Why would you put something right in the middle of the oldest forest in Spokane County?” said Peterson. He explained that the group isn't opposed to expansion, but are asking that the ski resort look at adding runs to existing chairlifts and in areas where the growth isn't as old.
According to Peterson, the issue is that this particular portion is unique because it is rather large area of old growth trees, and that there are other areas of the mountain made up of younger forest that won't have such a drastic impact.
The Lands Council is eager to share their view on the proposed expansion as well as share their vision for what the area could be if left undisturbed. The hike will leave from the Upper Carson Trail loop off Summit Road. The area will be marked and people will be there to direct traffic. If you're interested in attending the hike you are asked to bring a lunch and plenty of water. You will need a Discover Pass to park. For more information email Mike Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.