The Forest Service expects a meeting and a process over June Mountain

Still shook up over news that June Mountain has closed, people in the community and throughout the area wonder what comes next. The full meaning of that move is still unfolding for locals and for the Forest Service that holds the permit on June Mountain.

When asked how the Forest Service will respond, Public Information Officer Nancy Upham said, “We, the Forest Service, are working to set up meetings with Rusty Gregory and others at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to discuss their decision and their plans.”

Upham said the Forest Service wants to discuss security and patrol procedures for both this summer and winter in regards to the June Mountain infrastructure and access to the permitted area in general, including signage and avalanche control. Upham said, “These are our immediate concerns to discuss with them.”

She also said that the Forest Service wants to discuss with Mammoth Mountain how they plan to go about assessing and planning for “a sustainable future for operations under their permit for June Mountain Ski Area.”

Upham said the Forest Service would like to see this as a “transparent process, since so many people are interested and concerned about the future of June Mountain.” Upham said the Forest Service does need to meet with Mammoth Mountain and begin this discussion before a process can be fully described.

Upham added that if Mammoth Mountain Ski Area ever decided to sell their improvements, the Forest Service may “choose to issue a prospectus for a ski area with summer recreation included.”


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32 Responses to The Forest Service expects a meeting and a process over June Mountain

  1. great news June 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    I like that the FS is going to keep an eye on this situation.
    I think that Mammoth should put out the word for potential buyers.

  2. Ken Warner June 28, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

    I wonder if the Forest Service could simply condemn the property at issue and make it a National Park? Then contract an operator for the facilities.

    It is after all public land. If the current operator defaults on their agreement to operate those facilities, why should the public suffer the lack of access?

    Again, I’m just asking…..

    • Sahara Club June 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

      put the pipe down Ken

      • Big AL July 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm #


    • Big AL June 29, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

      Hmmm interesting Ken.

    • Trouble June 30, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

      Ken and /or Benett, If this is really contracted leased public land, shouldn’t Mammoth be obligated to keep it open or lose their lease?

      • Benett Kessler July 1, 2012 at 9:23 am #

        I believe it is up to the Forest Service which issues the permit on June Mountain. As we have reported, meetings are on the way.
        We will keep you updated as best we can.

    • Reality Bites July 4, 2012 at 9:56 pm #

      Ken, The Forest Service is the Department of Agriculture. The National Park Service is the Department of Interior.

  3. steve June 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Knowing the Forest Service and their Wildness agenda, June will most likey close and the ski trails will be decleared illegal and off limits. If they don’t don’t then the Center for Biological Diversity will sue everyone who does not conform to their agenda.

    • Big AL June 29, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

      Yeah Ken’s thought is interesting .. but yeah I totally can see that happening steve. Sad isn’t it?

  4. MotherNature June 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    The Forest Service has a fiduciary duty to “us” The Public, who actually own June Mtn, to keep it open for public use.

    If MMSA defaults, they (the Forest Service) must put it up to public bid and find a new owner/operator.

    Big Red is using the community of June as a bargaining chip for some “added value deal,” the nexus to connect the ski areas or pressure to develop something new.

    Just follow the money.

    He will open on Thanksgiving day 2012 or some great new owner will be in control of the lifts.

    It’s time for change.

    • esfotoguy June 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

      the connection of the 2 ski areas was dropped yrs ago……to much wilderness in between[no mechanical devices allowed-i.e. chairlifts

    • Gistine July 1, 2012 at 11:32 am #

      Damn straight, Mother Nature.

      And now that MMSA has June by the You-Know-Whats, how could the town NOT agree to developing the rodeo grounds?

      So much greed. It is truly sickening.

      • esfotoguy July 2, 2012 at 10:53 am #

        Where would the water come from?……..They said at the scoping meeting in 2002 that it would come from June Lake……….lets do some math…….800 room hotel 2-4- people per room…..40 gallons/day/per person[their estimates] add to 150 family homes at the schoolhouse site between the rodeo grounds and Gull Lake…..June is a spring fed lake….where would the water come from w/out significantly lowering the level of June Lake? If you go to the outlet of Gull Lake[Reverse Creek headwaters], there clearly isn’t 10s thousands of gallons of water leaving the lake into Reverse Creek. Same w/ the channels that go from June to Gull……..its a trickle.

        • Vince Townsend July 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm #

          No, your math Is WRONG ! man

          • esfotoguy July 4, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

            Seriously? the next time you come over here…if you ever do, Go to the Gull Lake rope swing. Right in the area where you park your VW van, there is an outlet that leaves Gull Lake….Look at you see 1000s of gallons leaving the lake?NOPE..Look- learn and turn around and go back to Mammoth.

      • Dan Roberts July 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

        Please note that the June Lake community had already given the go-ahead to Intrawest for pursuing development of the Rodeo Grounds, but the economic climate changed and Intrawest backed out before the EIR could be completed.

  5. Eastern Sierra local June 29, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    “a sustainable future for operations under their permit for June Mountain Ski Area?” Wow… can the USFS expect Mammoth to be in compliance with this notion when the USFS only let June Mountain be open for four months regardless of snow conditions? The USFS and their permit were a major contributor to the financial instability of June Mountain.

    • Reality Bites July 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

      The Forest Serviceemployees gets paid a full check regardless of how long June Mountain is allowed to be open or what happens to the people of June Lake. Why should they care?

      • Vince Townsend July 2, 2012 at 2:03 pm #

        And they; Green Gestapo Employees also get their Big Fat Cushy Pensions when they retire in Panama and Costa Rica 🙂

        • Big AL July 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

          And you’re wrong Vince, not all govt. employees are independently wealthy and retire with big cushy retirements and move to Panama.

          Some of the officials, yes, they get good saleries, the ones that have gone to college and use their college degrees to make people think they know everything and anything, when in reality, they usually do not.

          And not to generalize them like you have, some really do have sense and do know what they are talking about and what they have learned in college. So yeah some are green gestapos, and it seems that a lot of them are. But it really is so that some really care about what they do and try to do it right, while others use their position to further their personal beliefs and agendas.

  6. pMack June 29, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    forrest service!! hooooooooraaaaaaayyyyyy.

    • history buff July 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Didn’ their new supervisor support all of the new wilderness areas two or three years ago.

      • Vince Townsend July 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

        Yep their new supervisor is on board with “Agenda 21” it will happen whether the american people like it or not, the New World Order will be the Law of the Land…

        • esfotoguy July 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

          you just blew any kinda credibility w/ all the Alex Jones crap

          • esfotoguy July 2, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

            and chem trails, and black helicopters, and Bohemian Grove…bla bla bla

          • upthecreek July 2, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

            It’s Not just Alex Jones Crap.. The sheeple will soon wake ..
            and when they do it is going to be ugly.

        • Big AL July 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

          And i do believe that agenda 21 is working in all of this Vince, you’re right there, whether some folks don’t believe it or not, it is happening.

          • Vincent Townsend July 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

            Yes a lot of tha peeps wont b able 2 ignore what’s left of their Liberties being chipped away after the mandatory Obama Care Tax kicks into full gear, it will be everyone under the gun of the BEAST REVENUE SYSTEM 🙂

  7. andrew July 1, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Yea I feel better already knowing that Rusty is on top the situation, it will be interesting to see what develops….everyone is aware..

    • upthecreek July 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

      Rusty will end up stepping down.. He is just there now to finish up all the dirty work


  8. johnjcampnfish July 1, 2012 at 6:51 pm #

    Friends of the Inyo is standing by with barricades and road blocks. Just say the word FS.


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