Opponents of a proposed Cache Valley ski area have complained to Cache County that trees were cut down on projected runs in violation of the resort's conditional-use permit, which is on hold while it is being challenged in court.
The Bear River Watershed Council said Cherry Peak Ski Area developer Logan Checketts cut down "a large swath of trees" on the proposed 203-acre resort in the foothills east of Richmond. Council Chairman Dan Miller said the logging, which the council documented in a photograph on its website, www.BRWCouncil.org, ran counter to the conditional use permit approved in February by the Cache County Planning Commission.
That approval specified "no portion of the Cherry Peak Ski Area may be constructed until the above conditions are met and the permit is recorded,"Miller said. Permit completion has been suspended, however, awaiting an April 2013 hearing in Utah's 1st District Court on a council-supported lawsuit challenging Cache County's approval.