Protect Lolo Peak

Lewis & Clark Historic Sites Threatened by Ski Resort Development

Proposal has little to do with skiing and everything to do with real estate profits

Click here for more detailed information regarding Bitterroot'resort's potential impact on surrounding public lands.

"Why would I take a piece of precious public land and give it away for a few people to make money?"
Orville Daniels
Former Lolo National Forest Supervisor
On September 9th and 10th 1805, after traveling down the Bitterroot River, the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped at Travelers Rest in the shadow of Lolo Peak. On September 12th while traveling up present-day Lolo Creek, Lewis wrote in his journal "the mountains on the left high & covered with snow." Lolo Peak (9,096' elev.), now Missoula Montana's loftiest landmark dominates the high peaks at the northern boundary of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and looks today much as it did 200 years ago.

A massive ski resort development (billed as the largest in north America!) is being proposed for the public lands surrounding Lolo Peak. The proposed development of a full-service "village" with high-end shops, 2200 exclusive housing units, ice skating rink and a golf course is just 3 miles from historic sites at Travelers Rest State Park and Fort Fizzle and would forever blemish the historic view from the adjacent Lolo Trail.

Ski runs, lifts and a supporting road system are planned through 10,000 acres of wild public land, reaching all the way to the summit of Lolo Peak! The area is currently home to an array of game and non-game wildlife species including elk, deer, moose, pileated woodpecker, goshawk, golden eagle, pine marten, mountain goat, hoary marmot, and wolf. Lolo Peak and adjoining Carlton Ridge is excellent lynx habitat, and is in a grizzly bear recovery area. Local streams support cutthroat trout and bull trout.

Backcountry skiing and winter mountaineering are popular recreation activities as well as big-game hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, environmental education, and horseback riding.

Traditional access, recreation & opportunities for solitude will be changed forever. Water quality and quantity are of great concern to local citizens and there is a history of mass slope failure on unstable terrain around Carlton Ridge further threatening an important public fishery resource.

An IMS site (Internet Map Service) of the Lolo Peak area has been created. There, you will find map layers of wildlife habitat like elk winter range, fisheries, water quality, land ownership, agency management allocations, the resort proposal, etc… Use the tools on the left of the map…the link is: http://bsci.bigsky.org/website/Lewis_Clark/viewer.htm

Write to Senators Conrad Burns and Max Baucus asking them to oppose this abuse of OUR Public Land.

Sen. Conrad Burns
U.S. Senate
187 Dirksen Senate office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
Fax: 202-224-8594
conrad_burns@burns.senate.gov

Sen. Max Baucus
U.S. Senate
511 Hart Senate Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510-2602
Fax: 202-224-4700
max@baucus.senate.gov

Send a copy to the Forest Service:

USDA Forest Service
Lolo National Forest
Forest Planning Zone
Fort Missoula Bldg. 24
Missoula, MT 59804

For more information on how to get involved or to schedule a group presentation, contact Sierra Club's Missoula field office at 406-549-1142.

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