The Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act has been reintroduced in Congress by Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) , Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Rep. Suzan Del Bene (D-WA).
The legislation, identical to the Senate bill that passed the Energy and Natural Resources Committee last session, would protect an additional 22,000 acres of wilderness adjoining the existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area, and would add 10 miles of the Pratt River and nearly 30 miles of the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River to the National Wild and Scenic River System.
Rare Northwest wildlife prompted two actions involving the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week:
Wolverines were proposed for threatened status under the Endangered Species act after 12 years of petitions and legal actions by environmental groups.
Woodland caribou habitat protections, drastically downsized by the agency recently, will be challenged by legal action, environmental groups announced.
Committed outdoorsmen would have the option of purchasing a three-year hunting or fishing license under a proposal that passed the Idaho Senate Resources and Environment Committee Wednesday.
The cost of the license would be three times the cost of an annual pass, so there’s no savings there. However, people would only pay one vendor service fee, which would save them $3.50.
Karen Taylor- Goodrich, a 30-year employee of the National Park Service, has been named superintendent of the North Cascades National Park Service Complex in Washington starting in March.
She has been the superintendent at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California for the last three years.