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Environment
Appeals filed to snowmaking plan in sacred peaks


The Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe joined environmental groups on Monday in appealing the U.S. Forest Service's decision to allow snowmaking in the sacred San Francisco Peaks.

The tribes say the use of reclaimed wastewater will desecrate the peaks. They asked the agency to reverse its decision.

The Arizona Snowbowl ski area asked for permission to make snow on public forest land. More than half of the comments the U.S. Forest Service received were in opposition.

Get the Story:
Feds get flurry of appeals on Snowbowl (The Arizona Republic 4/26)
Environmentalists, tribes appeal Snowbowl snowmaking decision (AP 4/26)

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

Related Stories:
Navajo Nation considers appeal of snowmaking plan (03/15)
Editorial: Sacred peaks don't belong to tribes alone (3/14)
Tribes blast OK of snowmaking plan in sacred peaks (3/9)
Deadline nears on snowmaking in sacred peaks plan (04/09)
Hopi Tribe to protest against snowmaking plan (03/19)
Editorial: Ski area helped by snowmaking plan (02/20)
Navajo Nation not planning boycott for sacred site (2/20)
Coalition protests snowmaking in sacred peaks (2/18)
Tribes to fight snowmaking in sacred Ariz. peaks (02/03)
Forest Service delays report on ski area expansion (12/02)
Hopi Tribe opposing snowmaking in sacred peaks (11/20)
Ski area on sacred mountain expanding (10/15)