Group files appeal on BTNF Lakeside Lodge FONSI
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER)
July 24, 2006
The organization PEER, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, filed a formal appeal today, July 24, against the Bridger-Teton National Forestís Finding of No Significant Impact decision allowing expansion of Lakeside Lodge Resort on Fremont Lake.
In the PEER news release, the group says the U.S. Forest Service is breaking environmental protection rules and endangering public health in approving the lodge facility expansion.
The resort sits on the shore of 11-mile long Fremont Lake, the second largest lake in Wyoming. It is also the water supply for the town of Pinedale. Lakeside Lodge is the only commercial development on the lake, operating under a special use permit by the Forest Service.
"Joining PEER in filing the appeal of the finding of no significant environmental impact is Bill Worf, the retired Forest Supervisor of the Bridger National Forest, who, during his tenure, tried to have the resort closed entirely, as well as removing a number of private cabins ringing the lake," said the news release. Also joining the PEER appeal, as private citizens and long time residents of the area, are Dr. Thomas Johnston, the Sublette County Health Officer, and local attorney Steve Mackey.
"If the Regional Office rejects the appeal, the next step would be a federal lawsuit for violation of the National Environmental Policy Act," said PEER.
FOREST SERVICE DISREGARDS WARNINGS ON WYOMING LAKE RESORT (peer.org, 7/24/06)
Bridger-Teton National Forest Decision Notice