Washington elected officials earn honor for conservation efforts
July 10, 2012
NEW — 8 a.m. July 10, 2012
Evergreen State elected officials earned a national honor for efforts to conserve Washington wilderness.
Both U.S. senators, Democrats Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, and the Issaquah representative in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republican Dave Reichert, received recognition as America’s Great Outdoors Congressional Champions from The Wilderness Society, a national conservation group.
“Washington state is fortunate to have incredibly strong advocates for protecting and reconnecting Americans to the great outdoors,” said Peter Dykstra, Pacific Northwest regional director at The Wilderness Society. “Washingtonians depend on our great wild places for clean air and water, sustainable jobs and recreation opportunities. We salute all those working to ensure that current and future generations are able to enjoy America’s public lands and all they have to offer.”
The organization also recognized other Washington representatives, Democrats Norm Dicks and Rick Larsen, for conservation efforts.
Murray earned recognition for championing the 106,000-acre Wild Sky Wilderness in the Cascades. Murray and Reichert coauthored the Alpine Lakes Wilderness additions bill to add 22,000 acres and more than 30 miles of rivers in the Middle Fork of Snoqualmie River and the Pratt River valleys.
Cantwell worked to preserve the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail and introduced legislation to preserve public access and protect lands in the San Juan Islands.
The recognition came in late June during Great Outdoors America Week.