Finally, closure: delivering the Green Mountain Lookout bill to Darrington

An event in still-healing Darrington, Washington, celebrates protection of the Green Mountain Lookout.

On Sunday, July 20, I had the pleasure of taking part in a small community gathering in Darrington, Washington, celebrating closure on an issue near and dear to the hearts of many: the protection of the historic Green Mountain Lookout.

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene delivered a framed copy of the Green Mountain Lookout Protection Act, signed into law on April 15, 2014 by President Barack Obama. Scott Morris, with the Darrington Historical Society, and Mayor Dan Rankin accepted the bill and reiterated the long and uncertain path of the bill; ultimately, the tragedy of the Oso mudslide hastened its passage because of its importance to the local community. The Act became one of the few bills passed by the 113th Congress.

Protection of the Green Mountain Lookout in the same year of the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act and the re-opening of the Suiattle Road—the road to Green Mountain—seems so fitting. In its heyday, the Green Mountain trail was one of the most popular hikes on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and got many “hooked” on the Glacier Peak Wilderness and the beauty of the North Cascades.

When the Suiattle reopens in the fall of 2014, a whole new generation of wilderness explorers can discover Green Mountain, the historic lookout, and all the Glacier Peak Wilderness has to offer. Closure and renewal—let the new chapter begin!