Trappers Lodge permit revoked by Forest Service

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The U.S. Forest Service revoked the special-use permit for Trappers Lake Lodge in a letter dated June 15.

The letter gave RM Investment Co., operators of the lodge, an ultimatum: sell by July 31 or submit a plan to tear it down and return the area to its original state. A second letter dated June 20 revoked the outfitter guide permit citing several non-compliance clauses as the reason.

Dan Stogsdill, owner of the lodge, said in a press release the decision is being appealed and that he has hired a law firm in Washington, D.C., that specializes in Forest Services abuse cases.

"We're shocked and dismayed by the revocation," Stogsdill said.

Stogsdill said there were numerous inaccuracies with the Forest Service allegations concerning the public safety and health reported recently in the media. He said inspections with engineers, architects, electricians, legal, environmental and water quality specialists had been conducted at his own expense and indicated Forest Service claims were incorrect.

"I need to emphasize that Trappers is a totally safe and healthy place for the public. We'll continue to do the right thing and act honorably. This is partly about defending all the "little guys" who operate on extremely thin margins in national forests throughout the United States," Stogsdill said.

Trappers Lodge is located in the White River National Forest in the Flat Tops mountain range about 50 miles from Meeker. Trappers Lodge is one of two special use permits and 165 outfitter and guide permit given to private businesses operating on public lands that are managed by the White River office.

RM Investments also has requested a stay of from the Forest Service regional office in Lakewood. No decision on the stay is expected before Thursday.

The lodge has been closed since May 25 when a routine follow-up inspection revealed public safety issues.

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