Regarding the article, “Forest Service seeks public input on Green Mountain lookout”: I am a 75 year-old former Seattle Mountaineer leader who has been climbing and hiking for over 40 years, a leader in Mountaineering Rescue, and now a Beachwatcher and FCIP for more than a decade. I have been on the summits, especially in the Pacific Northwest, Wyoming, and California, of most the “Fifty Classic Climbs of North American” described by Steve Roper and Allen Steck in their book. In addition to having climbed all the major peaks in the Pacific Northwest and most nearby states, as well as many trails and wilderness crossings where there were no trails.
I also spent many summers in the High Sierras, as well as Yosemite climbing, hiking, and volunteering. The Mount Rainier Wonderland Trail has also been a favorite as well as many peaks in Colorado, California, Utah, Oregon, and British Columbia.
Leading climbs, and hikes in Washington for that time, as well, has been a real wilderness-area treat as has my volunteerism in various mountain lookouts in the state. The lookouts were extremely important, I remember keeping my eyes peeled for fire and smoke, especially when lightning was striking in the distance. These lookouts were indispensable to preserving our wilderness areas. For me these are ongoing preserving memories and appreciations for all of us that participated in this volunteerism to maintain our wilderness. We might not have much wilderness were it not for the mountain lookouts like the Green Mountain lookout. Tears have often come to my eyes when bringing friends to the lookout.
So leave the Green Mountain lookout where it is. It has earned a place in our wilderness and country as a World War II early warning system. Removing the lookout would be like today removing the U.S. Constitution for the reason that it was created several centuries ago in the past and needs to be discarded and not renewed. Contrary to Mr. Lider’s opinions, many wilderness areas would not actually exist were it not for the “heavy hand of man,” especially us volunteers.