Mouth of the Pratt River
A bill to protect an additional 22,000 acres of wilderness adjoining the existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and designate nearly 30 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and 10 miles of the Pratt River as Wild and Scenic Rivers was heard by the House Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation today.
The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Cynthia Wilkerson, Pacific Northwest regional representative:
“The Wilderness Society applauds the House Natural Resources Committee today for hearing the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and the Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361).
“After a four year dry spell of moving wilderness bills in Congress, we are one step closer to protecting special places like the Pratt River valley. Protecting this land not only secures important habitat for wildlife such as elk, bears and bobcats, it also allows people to enjoy these wild lands and rivers now and in the future. The area is one of the most visited wilderness areas in the country, and a haven for the residents of the greater Seattle area.
“The Alpine Lakes additions bill passed the Senate last month. We look forward to House passage of the bill and hope to see Alpine Lakes become law by the end of the 113th Congress.
“We thank the tireless efforts of Congressman Reichert and Congresswoman DelBene for their outstanding leadership and drive to keep Alpine Lakes moving through the House. We’re also appreciative of King County Councilmember Reagan Dunn’s testimony during today’s hearing.”
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