As a resident of Index, a grandmother and lifelong outdoor enthusiast, I am overjoyed to see Congress expand protections for Alpine Lakes, Ilabot Creek, and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt rivers. Approval for these conservation gains brings the Evergreen State it’s first new Wilderness since the Wild Sky, which has been a significant boon to the economies surrounding U.S. 2. While the legislative package included some legislative compromise, our local heroes made sure that our state protects wild places for generations to come.
This result represents tremendous work by Washington Rep. Suzan DelBene and Sen. Patty Murray, who have protected some of the most incredible wild forests and rivers Washington has to offer. These amazing environmental champions managed to increase wilderness in Alpine Lakes as well as add 34 miles to Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt rivers to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. These lands are spectacular, and their true, lasting value depends on keeping them public and wild. My heartfelt thanks goes out to Rep. DelBene and Sen. Murray, leaders who will be remembered for their wild legacy.