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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

February 6, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Olympic Peninsula protection: Push also for protection of North Cascades

The Olympic National Forest Wilderness expansion article was a necessary inspiration for nature-loving Washingtonians [“Bill would expand wilderness area at Olympic National Forest,” Local News, Jan. 21].

Saving 126,554 acres of the Olympic National Forest from logging, mining and damming is crucial to sustain the purity of drinking water and is essential to forest ecosystems’ health.

In addition, Washington’s lucrative fishing, shellfish and recreation industries would benefit due to increased abundance of natural species and consistent pure sources of water. This wilderness bill should be supported by all of Washington.

Currently, the North Cascades are exposed to the exact same dangers as the Olympic National Forest. It’s rugged old growth forests, jagged peaks and pristine rivers are unprotected from clear-cutting and mining. It is critical for Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Medina, to introduce a bill to expand the North Cascades National Park to protect 200,000 acres of forest and wildlife habitat.

Kristin Saksa, Bainbridge Island

Comments | More in Environment | Topics: Kristin Saksa, National Forest, North Cascades

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