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Opinion
Editorial: Sacred peaks don't belong to tribes alone


"Seemingly lost in the controversy over snowmaking equipment at the Arizona Snowbowl is this dose of reality: The majestic San Francisco Peaks are public lands.

They are not the private fiefdom of Native American tribes. They do not belong to the proprietors of the ski area. Nor are they the property of any hiking or ski clubs.

As federal lands, the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff belong to everybody. And as such, they are open to a wide range of uses, including skiing."

Get the Story:
Public peaks (The Arizona Republic 3/14)

Approval Documents:
Final Environmental Impact Statement for Arizona Snowbowl Facilities Improvement | Forest Service Approves Snowmaking at Arizona Snowbowl

Relevant Links:
Coconino National Forest - http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino/index.shtml

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