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Originally published December 21, 2010 at 6:20 PM | Page modified December 22, 2010 at 2:58 PM

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U.S. sues man who ran zip lines in Gorge National Scenic Area

A Washington man who was briefly jailed last year for violating a state court order that he stop offering zip-line rides in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is now in trouble with the federal government.

TACOMA — A Washington man who was briefly jailed last year for violating a state court order that he stop offering zip-line rides in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area is now in trouble with the federal government.

The U.S. Attorneys Office sued Derek Hoyte this week in federal court in Tacoma, saying the U.S. Forest Service recently confirmed reports that Hoyte has reinstalled zip lines on the property and is constructing a suspension bridge without permission.

The Forest Service says Hoyte has built roads and cut trees on an 80-acre parcel he owns near Washougal in violation of a conservation easement the government obtained from the previous owners of the property. Prosecutors are seeking a restraining order and asking that Hoyte be forced to compensate the government for damage to the land and pay triple damages for any lumber he cut.

A federal judge set a hearing on the temporary restraining-order request for Wednesday.

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