|The Lanza family serves breakfast inside the Skyline Yurt|
|Quinn Stuebner plays in the snow by Skyline Yurt.|
I'm sure a lot of cross-country skiers, backcountry skiers and snowshoers are just as upset as I am about the temporary closure of the Idaho City Park and Ski yurt system.
Last fall, when someone in the Boise National Forest discovered that there wasn't a special use permit on file for the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to operate six yurts in the Idaho City Park and Ski Areas, the yurt system was shut down, and IDPR had to refund $26,155 in rental revenue to hundreds of unhappy customers.
The agencies have had several months to get the permitting and liability insurance issues worked out, but they haven't reached agreement. I've been talking with my friend Mike Lanza, Northwest editor of Backpacker magazine, about this, as well as a number of other folks, and we feel it's time to apply a little political pressure to get this situation fixed.
So we crafted a letter that we're sending to the decision-makers tonight, and we're going to launch a social media campaign tonight and earned media campaign tomorrow in hopes of elevating the priority for resolving this issue. We'd like to see the yurt system opened by New Year's Day.
How can you help? Write or call the following point people on this issue:
- Cecilia Seesholtz, Boise National Forest Supervisor
- Mary Faurot, Idaho City Acting
Idaho City Ranger District
- Nancy Merrill, Director
Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
- Steve Strack, Deputy Attorney General
(Handling permitting and liability issues for IDPR)
Mr. Strack has indicated that the Forest Service is asking for more liability insurance than IDPR can afford. Forest Service officials say that a special-use applicant that receives all of the revenue from a yurt operation should be expected to pay for liability insurance. The question is, how much?
Outdoor recreationist, blogger and author
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Chris Haunold, owner
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State Representative, District 19 House Seat B
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