Forest Service may advance, tweak or can Holland Lake Lodge expansion

Joshua Murdock

The Flathead National Forest will perform more rigorous analysis than originally planned on a controversial proposal to expand Holland Lake Lodge. 

But that is only if Forest Service officials move forward at all with the proposal as submitted. The Flathead National Forest may outright deny the proposal, which was submitted by Utah-based ski corporation POWDR. Or officials could take a middle route, asking POWDR to pare down or otherwise modify its proposal for the scenic lakeside lodge about a 90-minute drive north of Missoula in the Swan Valley.

A decision on how the national forest will proceed could be made by mid-December, according to Tami MacKenzie, public information officer for the Flathead National Forest. Amid reports that the forest could be nearing a decision on how to proceed with the controversial proposal — particularly, what level of legally required analysis the agency will subject the proposal to — MacKenzie said in a phone call that “where we stand now is we’re still assessing the best way to move forward with the proposal as it was submitted.” She said that could mean moving forward with analyzing the proposal, asking for modifications to the proposal before analysis begins, “or

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