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Mt. Ashland Granted USFS Permit

, Written by Craig Smullin, Posted: Thu, March 15 2012 at 4:46 PM, Updated: Thu, March 15 2012 at 4:52 PM

Granted a special use permit from the US Forest Service, Mt. Ashland isn't going anywhere... not with a permit valid through the year 2051.
    "It really secures our commitment to the project and the long term operations of the mountain."
    But Mt. Ashland General Manager Kim Clark says the move doesn't clear a path for expansion.
   "All expansion related activities... as well as operation activities according to the previous lease were to be dealt with strictly between us and the Forest Service."
    What the special use permit will do however... is set potential donors minds at ease.
    "They'll just be dealing strictly with Mt. Ashland not multiple parties."
    That triangular relationship between the mountain, city, and forest service will now be simpler...  City Councilor Dennis Slattery will serve as council liaison to both the mountain and the forest service... and  citizens will have a say.
   "The city and the citizens of Ashland will still have full opportunity to make public comment on anything that goes on."
       For now though, Clark is pleased that the permit is in the mountain's name...  which he says was the original intention 20 years ago.
   "Work together cooperatively between the three of us and that's what we look forward towards in the future."
    And with 39 years left in their lease, there's plenty of future ahead.
    The city of Ashland previously held the special use permit, the City Council agreed to relinquish it last October.

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Craig Smullin

NBC5 News Director Craig Smullin co-anchors NBC5 News at 6 and hosts the 5 on 5 Feature Interview on NBC5 News at 5.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Craig graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California with a degree in Recreation Administration and Sports Management.

Since joining NBC5 News in 2005, Craig has performed virtually every job in the newsroom: News and Sports Reporter, Sports Anchor, Producer, series and segment Host and Anchor of NBC5 News at Sunrise and NBC5 News at 5. He became News Director in January, 2014.

When he's not managing a busy newsroom, Craig spends time with his wife, two young sons and two dogs. He is a dedicated fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Portland Trailblazers and loves snow boarding the slopes of Mt. Ashland.

Catch Craig anchoring weekdays on NBC5 News at 6pm.

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