Don’t Strip Away Protections for Glacier Peak Wilderness

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Target: U.S. Representative Rick Larsen, Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray

Goal: Protect the Glacier Peak Wilderness by not condoning the illegal construction of a “fire lookout” building

In 2009, without any notice or permission, the U.S. Forest Service (FS) started the illegal construction of a “fire lookout” building on Green Mountain in the Darrington region of the protected Glacier Peak Wilderness. Since the construction of the new building without any prior environmental review violated the Wilderness Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. District Court ordered FS to remove the new building. In response to pressure from a small group in Darrington, U.S. Representative Rick Larsen introduced HR 6039 to amend the 1984 Washington State Wilderness Act to authorize the Green Mountain Lookout and overturn the court’s ruling.

Bill HR 6039 would effectively strip away protections for Glacier Peak Wilderness and undermine the entire National Wilderness Preservation System. If it becomes law, it would reward officials who knowingly broke the law to build a structure where all buildings are banned. It would also set a terrible precedent that could allow for the authorization of other illegal structures elsewhere in the National Wilderness Preservation System. Currently, the U.S. House is the most anti-wilderness since 1964. If the bill passes, it would surely open the door for further attempts to chip away at wilderness preservation.

Sign the petition below to urge Senators and Representatives from Washington state to ensure Glacier Peak Wilderness receives the strongest protection possible so the national natural treasure can be enjoyed by current and future generations.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative Rick Larsen, Senator Maria Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray,

I am writing to urge you to protect the Glacier Peak Wilderness and the National Wilderness Preservation System by not supporting bill HR 6039 that seeks to authorize the illegal Green Mountain Lookout building.

As the U.S. District Court noted with its well-reasoned ruling to remove the building, the construction of the new Green Mountain Lookout without any prior environmental review violated the Wilderness Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. HR 6039 seeks to amend the 1984 Washington State Wilderness Act to authorize the Green Mountain Lookout and overturn the court’s ruling.

I am opposed to HR 6039 because it would effectively strip away protections for Glaciar Peak Wilderness and undermine the entire National Wilderness Preservation System. It would reward officials who knowingly broke the law to build a structure where all buildings are banned. It would also set a terrible precedent that could allow for the authorization of other illegal structures elsewhere in the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Instead of pursuing HR 6039, the delegation should support a plan to move the new lookout to a non-wilderness location near Darrington where it can be accessible to many more people. This was done at the popular Columbia Breaks Fire Interpretive Center near Entiat, WA.

Please do what you can to ensure Glacier Peak Wilderness receives the strongest protection possible so the national natural treasure can be enjoyed by current and future generations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Destruction of any wilderness undermines our own survival, and glaciers, what remains of them are essential to our fresh water supply.

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