Last month, we told you about UFO Phil Hill's plan to build a pyramid on Pikes Peak. At the time, Hill was having trouble getting an official response to his proposal.
Now, however, he's heard from the US Forest Service, whose representative isn't exactly on board, so to speak. But Hill's not giving up, as the photos below demonstrate.
First, here's the Forest Service response to his initial request:
RE: Forest Web Mail -- Request for how to submit a construction proposal for Pikes Peak.
Mr. Phil Hill:
Welcome to the Pikes Peak Region. Per your request for additional information you may go to Forest Service website for special uses at: http://www.fs.fed.us/specialuses/
Located at his website are informational and policy links (including application process) for a variety of land uses on National Forest System lands.
You likely have an appreciation that Pikes Peak being located in Pike National Forest and a National Historic Landmark represents one of Colorado's most distinctive geographic features. In present times, the importance of Pikes Peak is represented by its historic significance and its value as a unique scenic and recreational resource. Phil, though you are only requesting information, I did familiarize myself with your concept to construct a "pyramid-shaped power plant" atop Pikes Peak as reported in the 01/13/2011 edition of the Colorado Springs Gazette newspaper and the concept as presented on your Official UFO Phil website.
Please keep in mind, upon receipt of a request for a proposed use, the Forest Service must evaluate proposals to meet minimum requirements applicable to special uses per 36 CFR 251.54(3) (pre-application initial screening) criteria. We can not speculate or formally comment on a concept you have not fully developed and submitted. That said, an initial consideration of the pyramid-shaped power plant proposal would likely find the proposed use would unreasonably conflict and interfere with the Forest Management Plan and existing authorized uses on Pikes Peak.
Thank you for contacting the U.S. Forest Service and Enjoy the National Forest.
Jeffrey B. Hovermale Lands, Minerals and Special Uses U.S. Forest Service, Pikes Peak Ranger District 601 S. Weber St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
And here's Hill's reply:
Dear Mr. Jeff Hovermale of the US Forest Service,
I have reviewed your letter regarding the process by which I may submit my Pikes Peak Pyramid Proposal. You may recall, I wish to construct a 480.6-foot stone pyramid atop Pikes Peak based on extraterrestrial technology. It would mirror the Great Pyramid of Giza when it was in pristine operating condition some 4,600 years ago.
According to the listed regulations, I must gain authorization prior to building under the following circumstances:
1. If you will need to occupy, use, or build on NFS land for personal or business purposes, whether the duration is temporary or long term. 2. If there is a fee being charged or if income is derived from the use. 3. If an activity on NFS land involves individuals or organization with 75 or more participants or spectators.
However, I believe construction of the Pikes Peak Pyramid would not be subject to the above stated conditions. My reasons are as follows:
1. I am not occupying or building on NFS land for PERSONAL or BUSINESS purposes. The purpose of construction is to benefit the entire region, state, country and planet -- not to benefit myself personally. Also, there will be no profit, therefore it is not a business venture. 2. Again, no income will be derived. No fee will be charged. 3. We can build the pyramid with less than 75 participants. It only takes 60 strong men to lift a single 2.57 ton limestone brick. Even with a caterer present, we can theoretically achieve our objectives with less than 75 human "participants or spectators".
Therefore, according to the regulations, It appears we are entitled to begin construction as soon as we acquire the needed materials. And, it would seem we do not need government authorization.
Thank you for the information. It has been very valuable in advancing our cause. If it turns out we will be needing more than 75-people to be present as participants or spectators, I would be happy to fill out your aforementioned application. In fact, perhaps you could attach said application in an e-mail -- in case I need it.
To further assist those having difficulty visualizing his plan, Hill created a depiction of Pikes Peak as it will look when the pyramid is built, plus a modified Colorado license plate featuring this new bit of topography. Still, it seems likely that Hill will have to fight the power in order to give us power. Check out his images below:
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