After outcry, government extends Holland Lake Lodge expansion project comment period

David Erickson

After a huge amount of interest including 2,500 comments, the Flathead National Forest has extended the comment period on a proposal to drastically expand and upgrade the facilities at Holland Lake Lodge in the Swan Valley north of Missoula.

Christian Wohlfeil, the owner of the lodge, has partnered on a joint business venture for the project with POWDR, one of the largest ski resort operators in North America.

Together, they have submitted a proposal to remove 10 aging structures at Holland Lake Lodge and add 32 new buildings, including a new 28-room lodge, a new restaurant and 26 new cabins near the lake.

Based on a preliminary assessment conducted by the Flathead National Forest, as of right now the intention of the Forest Service is to categorically exclude the proposed project from documentation in an environmental impact statement or an environmental assessment. However a spokesperson for the Flathead National Forest, Tami MacKenzie, said that nothing has been decided yet.

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“Until we conduct further environmental analysis, we don’t know for sure,” she said. “So we’ll go through the public scoping period, take public comments and a specialist

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