HRVRC Files Lawsuit Over Land Swap Inaction

The Hood River Valley Residents Committee has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Portland seeking to force the U.S. Forest Service to quicken the pace of action on a land swap in the Mount Hood National Forest approved by Congress that was to have been finished five years ago.  The land swap was negotiated by the Residents Committee, Mt. Hood Meadows, and others to protect the forestland, and The Oregonian reports they are seeking judicial action to force the Forest Service to complete the deal.  In exchange for 120 acres of developable national forest land near Government Camp on the mountain’s southwestern slope, Mt. Hood Meadows agreed to abort plans for a resort on Cooper Spur and turn its 770-acre land holdings over to the Forest Service.  The 2009 legislation gave the Forest Service 16 months to complete the trade, but numerous delays have held it up, most recently over some environmental protections.  A Mount Hood National Forest spokesperson says legal processes have kept progress slow.  

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