HIKING: Mountain lookout protected by new law

April 20, 2014 

Legislation protecting the Green Mountain Lookout in Snohomish County was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Monday. The new law comes after a group based in Montana filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for using a helicopter and machinery to repair the lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

As a result of the suit, the U.S. District Court ordered the Forest Service to remove the lookout.

Members of Washington’s congressional delegation — Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Rep. Suzan DelBene and Rep. Rick Larsen — led the legislative effort to save the structure.

The Green Mountain Lookout is one of only six such lookouts located within a wilderness area. The Washington State Trust for Historic Preservation named it one of the 10 most endangered buildings last year, before the court made its decision.

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