By Kimberly Beekman
A ski run illegally cut in the Santa Fe National Forest has been in the spotlight recently, and, according to a recent article by High Country News, the crime has still not been solved.
“It goes beyond egoism to egomania,” longtime local James Parker, who discovered the cut in 2015, tells HCN. “It looks like someone cut their own personal run to show their friends this cool new glade they made.”
The problem of illegal cutting is a pervasive one. Back in 2007, Skiing Mag reported that two northern Vermont men were charged with illegally cutting trees in a section of Vermont State Forest on Jay Peak (“Jay’s Big Gash”, December 2007). The cut was 3,000 feet long, and up to 65 feet wide in places; the estimated 873 trees held a replacement value of $47,883.