"Not all areas will have rapid regeneration of tree growth because the more dry climates, such as those in Utah will take longer...."
Bingo Mr Hyak, now you have a grasp of what I am getting at. There is no malice intended in the comments I made, only the point that the ecosystems of the adirondaks vs the western mountains are completely different. In the west, a clear cut and a ski trail are basically one and the same, the only real difference is a good steward of the land will finish off either with native grass seeds, erosional mitigation and some re-grading.
Arcadie is also spot on to the impact of ski area development. Its not the lifts, not the trails and not the skiers. It is the desire for that 2nd-3rd or 4th home/ranchette that pushes property taxes, breaks up ecosystems, fills in wetlands and overtaxes local infrastructue.
[ August 24, 2003, 02:06 PM: Message edited by: BSR ]