- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

DARRINGTON, Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a measure to save the popular Green Mountain fire lookout, which a federal judge has ordered removed from its perch in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell called for the expedited legislation, which passed Thursday. The House is expected to consider a companion bill next week.

The lookout was built in 1933, and the Forest Service used a helicopter and machinery to repair it in 2009. That prompted a lawsuit from a Montana-based environmental group: Such methods aren’t allowed in federal wilderness areas.

A judge ordered it removed, but the state’s congressional delegation has been trying to save it. The structure is popular with hikers, tourists and locals in nearby Darrington - a community reeling from last month’s devastating landslide, which killed at least 30 people.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide