STEVENSON — A Columbia River gorge developer is trying a new twist after being told to remove his aerial rope slides.

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STEVENSON — A Columbia River gorge developer is trying a new twist after being told to remove his aerial rope slides.

Last weekend Derek Hoyte of Washougal opened his Canyon Creek Ranch for pine cone picking. For $45 dollars per adult or $30 for children up to age 17, visitors could pick pine cones — and ride on the zip lines for free. Hoyte says he got four paying customers.

Late last month Skamania County officials ordered Hoyt to remove all zip lines, platforms and landings he had built, saying they violated a conservation easement. On Monday the county asked that he be held in contempt. A hearing is set for April 30 in Superior Court in Stevenson.

Hoyt says he closed the operation Tuesday after being told of the court filing.