Alpine Lakes bill gets bipartisan boost (including Middle Fork Snoqualmie River)
I don't want to even whisper "W" in a crowded bike-house but I was looking for something and stumbled into this:
"Proposed legislation would add the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River to the protected Alpine Wilderness Lakes area, Saturday Jun 21, 2013."
Here is a link to the article:
Alpine Lakes bill gets bipartisan boost | Strange Bedfellows ? Politics News - seattlepi.com
If this is even potentially happening I'm hoping someone can tell us the "W" boundary will be outside of the trail corridor.
Track the bill as it progresses through the government:
Text of S. 112: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (Referred to House Committee version) - GovTrack.us
S. 112: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act
113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Jun 20, 2013 (Referred to House Committee).
S 112 RFH
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 20, 2013
Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the State of Washington, to designate the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and Pratt River as wild and scenic rivers, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act’.
SEC. 2. EXPANSION OF ALPINE LAKES WILDERNESS.
(a) In General- There is designated as wilderness and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System certain Federal land in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in the State of Washington comprising approximately 22,173 acres that is within the Proposed Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions Boundary, as generally depicted on the map entitled ‘Proposed Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions’ and dated December 3, 2009, which is incorporated in and shall be considered to be a part of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
(1) MANAGEMENT- Subject to valid existing rights, the land designated as wilderness by subsection (a) shall be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture (referred to in this section as the ‘Secretary’), in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), except that any reference in that Act to the effective date of that Act shall be considered to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act.
(2) MAP AND DESCRIPTION-
(A) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and a legal description of the land designated as wilderness by subsection (a) with--
(i) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives; and
(ii) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.
(B) FORCE OF LAW- A map and legal description filed under subparagraph (A) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct minor errors in the map and legal description.
(C) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY- The map and legal description filed under subparagraph (A) shall be filed and made available for public inspection in the appropriate office of the Forest Service.
(c) Incorporation of Acquired Land and Interests in Land- Any land or interests in land within the Proposed Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions Boundary, as generally depicted on the map entitled ‘Proposed Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions’ and dated December 3, 2009, that is acquired by the United States shall--
(1) become part of the wilderness area; and
(2) be managed in accordance with subsection (b)(1).
SEC. 3. WILD AND SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATIONS.
Section 3(a) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:
‘(208) MIDDLE FORK SNOQUALMIE, WASHINGTON- The 27.4-mile segment from the headwaters of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River near La Bohn Gap in NE 1/4 sec. 20, T. 24 N., R. 13 E., to the northern boundary of sec. 11, T. 23 N., R. 9 E., to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture in the following classifications:
‘(A) The approximately 6.4-mile segment from the headwaters of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River near La Bohn Gap in NE 1/4 sec. 20, T. 24 N., R. 13 E., to the west section line of sec. 3, T. 23 N., R. 12 E., as a wild river.
‘(B) The approximately 21-mile segment from the west section line of sec. 3, T. 23 N., R. 12 E., to the northern boundary of sec. 11, T. 23 N., R. 9 E., as a scenic river.
‘(209) PRATT RIVER, WASHINGTON- The entirety of the Pratt River in the State of Washington, located in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, to be administered by the Secretary of Agriculture as a wild river.’.
Passed the Senate June 19, 2013.
OK I see on the map the trail (red dash) is just inside the purple "W" border still in pale green "National Forest".
Sorry for the "W" drill!
Where the map came from (includes list of articles on this):
Washington Wild - Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions & Wild Pratt River Proposal
Last edited by Len.Francies; 08-01-2013 at 12:34 AM.
MF NOT proposed "W"
Justin Vander Pol
Good. We worked for YEARS to make sure that the proposed W boundary didn't impacts the Middle Fork trail. We had commitments from a lot of the groups involved, so were in good shape.
Originally Posted by Len.Francies
That said, it's always scary to see a bill finally come up for vote since it's politics and things sometimes do change without the groups involved knowing it. Glad to see this is being honored. If it wasn't the manure would hit the propeller. Or more aptly the entire Brightwater system would hit a Chinook chopper.
Re: Alpine Lakes bill gets bipartisan boost (including Middle Fork Snoqualmie River)
Thanks Super Juice and have no idea where my inputs back in the day about how the "W" boundary around waldo lake in Oregon allowed a corridor adjacent to W for bike access. Surely your work was what they remember or in the internet age does anyone really remember anything at all?
So glad for all of our leaders years of assailed service.
Again whew this is mostly a non event and I will always still save a little bladder water for the no bikes sign post up to snow lake.
Even though this was a false alarm thanks for posting. There are threats like this creeping up on us all the time. Gotta stay vigilant.
Hey Len and others, the main focus of this bill is to put the Pratt River valley into the Alpy wilderness. We (Evergreen) made sure the MF Snoq was kept out of the proposed area. The boundary is off the river enough so we will eventually be able to move parts of the trail that are still about to fall into the river. I think we also worked to save Cooper Rv, which will be outside the Wilderness.
OTOH, there will be pressure to extend the wilderness in the Teanaway Valley. As you may know, the state just made a huge land purchase in the T-way as part of a big water preservation project (preserving the Yakima watershed). At risk will be the North Teanaway Ridge area (Esmerelda, Stafford, Miller) upper West/Middle Fork T-Way, and Kachese! We're still a few years out before we have to win this battle, but all the more reason to ride these areas and get more people to ride them as well.
Well for the record I am against all future Wilderness designations in this state, period. But thanks to the work of our betters including of course the Legend himself this particular proposal is not affecting existing trail. But still, why should bikes be denied on the new Pratt River Trail ? We can never be complacent in acceding to Wilderness, although I know this particular deal was a result of compromise in the past, and hopefully can be leveraged for future working relationships. Still not pleased with it though.
Drove up the MF road yesterday and man is it in good shape, doesn't need to be paved this year !
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