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Lawsuit filed over Mt. Spokane expansion decision

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A lawsuit challenging the decision to expand the ski area of Mount Spokane State Park has been filed in Thurston County A lawsuit challenging the decision to expand the ski area of Mount Spokane State Park has been filed in Thurston County
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The lawsuit was filed by former Spokane County Commissioner John Roskelley, Fayette Krause, Spokane Audubon Society and the Lands Council on Thursday and challenges the Washington Parks and Recreation Commission land use decision to expand the ski area of Mount Spokane State Park. The plan was approved on November 20, 2014 by a vote of 5-2. 

"Mt. Spokane State Park belongs to all the citizens of the state of Washington, not just to one small user group of skiers from the Spokane area for less than four months a year," Roskelley stated in a press release. Of the 280 acres allotted for the expansion, 80 acres of forest would be cleared out. 

The attorney for the plaintiffs, David Bricklin, cited the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission's policy on protecting natural resources, stating, "Classifying these rare, old growth forests for recreational purposes is not allowed. The Commission ignored its own regulations and policies which preclude a ski area classification for lands with high natural resource values."

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