Wild and Free Bulletin


August 14, 2005


In this Issue . . .

Good things are brewing for Cooper Spur: CSWF and Meadows reach tentative agreement

If you haven’t already heard … On August 1st the Hood River Valley Residents Committee, Hood River County and Mt. Hood Meadows announced that they’d reached a tentative agreement that may solve the dispute over the Cooper Spur area.
If all goes well, Mt. Hood Meadows will trade the properties it owns on the north side of Mt. Hood for approximately 120 acres of property of equal value in Government Camp. The 1400 acres formerly in the Cooper Spur Ski Area permit area (except for the original 50 acre footprint and possibly 10-20 additional acres for a tubing hill) will be designated as wilderness.

For more information on the details of the agreement, go to:

Summary of the Proposed Solution

Press Release


To read the Oregonian’s story from August 3rd, go to:
“Deal could resolve dispute over Mount Hood slope”

This is exciting news, but we’ve only just begun.

What’s next? All parties must agree upon an independent appraiser who must then establish that the Government Camp property is of equal value to that of the 775 acres at Cooper Spur and the ski lease. If we find a difference in valuation, we may need to seek funding to accommodate it.

Our battle is not over yet. That’s why …

We need your help to tell Senator Wyden to support the Cooper Spur solution.

Ask Wyden to work with Smith, Walden and Blumenauer to enact the proposed solution AND to pass the broader Wilderness Bill and Wild and Scenic rivers protections he introduced in the last session for Mt. Hood.
It’s so important that we keep up the momentum on this agreement. Your voice is crucial. Please make the time to attend one of these sessions with Ron Wyden:

Hood River Town Hall Thurs, August 18
Hood River County Court Building
309 State St
Hood River

Washington County Town Hall Friday, August 19
Beaverton City Hall
4755 SW Griffith Drive

Enormous thanks to everyone who came to the coalition fundraiser and potluck on July 24th.

To the groovy tunes of Hood River band Peabody’s Daughter, we signed up lots of new members and raised twice as much money as last year’s event. Your donations will go to projects such as fire management research in the Cooper Spur area and developing new management of the area under the proposed agreement. Thank you, members!

To new members of the Cooper Spur Wild and Free Coalition:

You may be wondering who makes up the Coalition. We are:

Member Groups:

American Alpine Club, Oregon Section
Audubon Society of Portland
Friends of Mount Hood
Friends of Tilly Jane
Hood River Valley Residents’ Committee
Lower Columbia Canoe Club
Mazamas Climbing Club
Northwest Environmental Defense Center
Oregon Chapter Sierra Club
Oregon Nordic Club
Oregon Natural Resources Council
Oregon Kayak and Canoe Club
Oregon Wildlife Federation
Ptarmigans Climbing Club

Coalition Supporters:

Mt. Adams Nordic Ski Club
Off-Piste Magazine
Mountain Shadows Homeowners Association

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