Today The Wilderness Society praised Congress for passing legislation (H.R. 908 and S. 404) that would preserve the Green Mountain Lookout, a historic fire lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area near Darrington in Snohomish County, Washington.
The Senate approved the legislation on Thursday and the House voted to pass the bill today. The bill was championed by Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and by Representatives Suzan DelBene and Rick Larsen. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.
“The Lookout has long served as a popular and historic hiking destination as well as a functioning fire lookout and a place where wilderness visitors can get educational information from Forest Service staff,” says Benjamin Greuel, Washington State Director for The Wilderness Society.
This legislation is broadly supported by local communities and a diversity of organizations such as the Washington Trails Association, Backcountry Horsemen of Washington, the Darrington Historical Society and National Trust for Historic Preservation, among others.
The lookout was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933, long before the area was designated as the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area. The lookout is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
“In this 50th year since creation of the National Wilderness Preservation System, we encourage people to explore and enjoy the Glacier Peak Wilderness in the North Cascades and the other wilderness areas that offer extraordinary outdoor experiences for visitors in many parts of our state,” says Greuel.