Larsen Praises Senate Passage of Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act

Apr 4, 2014 Issues: Environment

WASHINGTON—Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement today after the Senate approved the Green Mountain Lookout Heritage Protection Act. The Act will go before to the House next.

“The Green Mountain Lookout has long been an integral part of the Glacier Peak Wilderness for recreation and the region’s history. I am pleased the Senate has expressed its support for the lookout and that I have been able to help lead the effort in the House.

“I led the charge to save the lookout by introducing the original measure in the 112th Congress, during which time I represented the area that includes the lookout. Local citizens and preservation groups called loudly and clearly for the protection of the lookout. I acted with my colleagues to keep the structure where it belongs. My constituents continue to request that the lookout remain intact as it is a valued recreational destination.

 “Green Mountain Lookout is one of the few fire lookouts remaining in the west and it reflects a unique part of the Pacific Northwest’s heritage. During World War II it served as an early warning station to alert citizens to a possible invasion. The Washington State Trust for Historic Preservation has named it one of the ten most endangered buildings in the state.

“Outdoor recreation at the lookout draws many tourists to the region to hike the picturesque trails and enjoy other local activities. The regional economy benefits from these visitors, which is especially important for the nearby Oso and Darrington communities following the recent landslide over Highway 530.

“I welcome the opportunity to work with Rep. DelBene and others in the House and ask that they move swiftly to protect this Northwest icon,” Larsen said.