The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Doug Walker, Governing Council Chair and Peter Dykstra, Pacific Northwest Regional Director at The Wilderness Society:
“The Wilderness Society thanks Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray for taking important steps to protect the Green Mountain Lookout in Glacier Peak Wilderness. The lookout is a historic icon visited by many who hike up a popular trail to the summit of Green Mountain. It is an important piece of Washington state’s heritage and one of the few surviving lookouts in Washington state.
“We believe the Green Mountain Lookout provides outstanding benefits to the preservation of Glacier Peak Wilderness and the education of wilderness visitors and does not detract from the qualities we seek in wilderness. The lookout was erected for fire spotting in 1933 by the Civilian Conservation Corps, prior to the designation of Glacier Peak Wilderness. The Forest Service still uses the lookout during the fire season today.
We applaud the efforts of the senators and Congressman Larsen to save this unique structure so that future generations may enjoy its vistas and historical relevance like so many have before them.”
The Wilderness Society is the leading public lands conservation organization working to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. Founded in 1935, and now with more than 500,000 members and supporters, TWS has led the effort to permanently protect 110 million acres of wilderness and to ensure sound management of our shared national lands. www.wilderness.org