Stream impairment. More than a mile of streams would be harmed by construction, dewatering, excess flow, or erosion.
Wildlife habitat destruction. Hundreds of acres of wildlife habitat, including habitat for Canada lynx, grey wolves, great grey owls, northern long-eared bats, and moose would be destroyed and degraded.
Reduction of Tribal access to exercise Treaty-reserved rights. Access of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and other Chippewa/Ojibwe tribal members to exercise usufructuary rights would be impaired on 495 acres of National Forest public land. Specific plant and animal communities vital to Tribes, including white cedar, sugar maple, and moose, would be harmed.
Conflict with Superior National Forest Plan. The proposed Ski Resort Expansion would degrade North Shore scenic integrity in violation of the Forest Service’s own Superior National Forest Plan. The Expansion would also conflict with the Plan’s objectives to protect old-growth and white cedar forests, improve habitat for threatened and endangered species and protect “the ability of Tribal members to hunt, fish, and gather plants and animals on Forest Service administered lands.”
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