Save the Peaks effort draws 200<br>
FLAGSTAFF – A crowd of approximately 200 gathered to listen to tribal representatives assert a message that they’ve repeated again and again ever since the first ski lodge was erected on the San Francisco Peaks approximately five decades ago. The message to the Forest Service is clear—the Peaks are sacred and economic interests of a handful of investors cannot outweigh the spiritual and cultural interests of 13 Arizona tribes.
On Feb. 13, Robert Tohe and Berta Benally of the Save the Peaks Coalition organized a public meeting to once again allow native and non-Indian activists to express their frustration with the Forest Service’s proposed DEIS. The document outlines a tentative decision to recommend that owners of the Arizona Snowbowl ski resort be allowed not only to expand existing ski trails within the facility, but to use reclaimed wastewater as a source to create snow on the peaks.
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