The legislation (H.R. 361 in the House and S. 112 in the Senate) would protect more than 22,000 acres of wilderness adjacent to the existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and nearly 30 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and 10 miles of the Pratt River as Wild and Scenic Rivers.
The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act was first introduced in 2007.
The Wilderness Society issues the following statement by Peter Dykstra, Pacific Northwest Regional Director for The Wilderness Society:
“Today’s reintroduction of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act demonstrates the proud Washingtonian tradition of caring for our public lands by our congressional delegation. The Wilderness Society thanks Sen. Murray, Rep. Reichert and Rep. DelBene for their leadership in introducing this broadly supported bill.
“The legislation preserves key recreation opportunities for more than three million people in the region, improves wildlife habitat and enhances our communities. Future generations will look back on this measure as one of the most significant in our efforts to ensure the future of Washington’s remaining wildlands for our children and grandchildren.
“Public lands values have always been bipartisan in Washington state and we hope that this unity will be recognized and embraced by others in the 113th Congress.”