Wilderness Society Statement on House Hearing to Protect Green Mountain Lookout

Jul 23, 2013

Green Mountain Lookout

Brian Turner
A bill to protect the Green Mountain Lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness 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 Kitty Craig, Pacific Northwest regional representative:

“The Wilderness Society is pleased that the Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act (H.R. 908) was heard by the House Natural Resources Committee today.

“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. Time is running out for the future of the lookout as the Forest Service has started its first phase of planning for the removal of the lookout from Green Mountain. The lookout is an important piece of Washington state’s heritage and one of the few surviving lookouts in Washington state and deserves to stay atop Green Mountain. We hope that the bill will see action on the House and Senate floors and find its way to the President’s desk by the end of the 113th Congress.

“We thank the efforts of Congresswoman DelBene and Congressman Larsen to save this unique structure so that future generations may enjoy its vistas and history like so many have before them.”

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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

Kitty Craig
206-624-6430 x.291