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Lolo Peak News

Bruce and Mary Burk, editors

273-6174 - message or fax

Email: lolopeaknews1 [AT] yahoo.com


Friends of Lolo Peak


Now is the time to speak out. Send a clear message to the Bitterroot Resort and elected officials in Helena and DC that the citizens of Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley wish to protect the public lands of the Lolo Peak area from the kind of massive development proposed by the Bitterroot Resort.


Comments to the Lolo and Bitterroot Nat'l Forests & elected officials


Letters to the Editor


Print and distribute the Petition to protect Lolo Peak (4,000+ signatures to date)



(1) Comments to the Lolo and Bitterroot Nat'l Forests & elected officials

Please send your comments today!


The Forest Service has yet to open the official public comment period for the revision of its Forest Management Plan, including consideration of the proposed Bitterroot Resort. However, they have communicated that they will accept comments on an informal basis, read them, and file them away for the official comment period. It is imperative that the Forest Service be notified of public concerns now, so that they are aware of public commitment to stop this plan in its early stages.

Speaking up is also critical at this stage to send a clear message to our elected representatives in Washington that the public does not support development of the Bitterroot Resort. Making our many voices heard will deter the Resort from seeking to bypass the Forest Planning Stage by Congressional rider or Executive Order.


The Process:


Bitterroot Resort submitted a proposal in November, the first step in a review process where the Forest Service determines if the proposed use: (1) is beneficial to the public; (2) demonstrates technical and economic feasibility; and (3) is compatible with natural resources. The Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Forest Plan Revision will be released this spring, with the Final Plan expected in 2006.


Contact Information: Please send a copy of your letter to the following parties:


* Forest Plan Revision

Lolo National Forest

Building 24, Fort Missoula

Missoula, MT 59804

Email: wmpz@fs.fed.us

P: (406) 329-3802


* Forest Plan Revision

Attn: Chuck Sperry

Bitterroot National Forest

1801 N. First Street

Hamilton, MT 59840

Email: csperry@fs.fed.us

P: (406) 363-7100

F: (406) 363-7106


* The Honorable Jon Tester

204 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510-2604

Email form at: http://tester.senate.gov/Contact/

P: (866) 554-4403 (toll-free)

F: (202) 224-8594


* The Honorable Max Baucus

United States Senate

511 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510-2602

Email Form at: http://baucus.senate.gov/emailmax.html

P: (202) 224-2651

F: (202) 224-4700


* The Honorable Dennis Rehberg

United States House of Representatives

516 Cannon House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515-2601

Email Form at: http://www.house.gov/writerep/

P: (202) 225-3211

F: (202) 225-5687




(2) Letters to the Editor: Get your opinion heard! Letters to the editor are a great way to kick-start public debate and keep the public informed about the Bitterroot Resort.


Missoulian

"Letters should be about 300 words or fewer. Letters must contain the writer’s name, address and telephone number (phone numbers are for verification, not publication)."

Mail to: Missoulian Letters, P.O. Box 8029, Missoula, MT 59807.

Fax: 406-523-5294.

E-mail: oped@missoulian.com


Missoula Independent

Please keep submissions under 400 words.

Mail to: Missoula Independent, 115 S. Fourth St. W., Missoula 59801

Fax: (406)543-4367

Online submission form: http://www.missoulanews.com/News/Letters/LetterTo.asp

Ravalli Republic


Mail to:Ravalli Republic, 232 West Main, Hamilton, Montana 59840

Fax: 406-363-1767

Email: editor@ravallirepublic.com


Lolo Peak News

Bruce and Mary Burk, editors

273-6174 - message or fax

Email: lolopeaknews1@yahoo.com