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Monday, August 10, 2009

In the News: Fate of Upper Stehekin Valley Road

Posted by Michael Lanthier

Portions of the Stehekin Road where destroyed in a 2003 flood, and since have created much controversy. The controversy continues with a bill to move the road into wilderness. Read more from Wenatchee World,

"U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings in June introduced a bill, HB 2806, that would allow the National Park Service to relocate a 2.5-mile section of the road. This section would cross into the wilderness area, and it requires an act of Congress to move the wilderness boundary, a move the National Park Service there doesn't want to see."

1 comment:

  1. Michael's comment "with a bill to move the road into wilderness" is a little misleading. The legislation, which has now passed the House, mandates no net loss of wilderness. In fact, moving the road will enhance the river scape, while restoring the traditional access that was used by miners, loggers. trappers, and visitors. Amazing how this area has managed to maintain its wilderness quality all these years. Who would have thunk!