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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Recreation Leaders Support Wilderness Additions

Posted by Michael Lanthier

Wilderness preservation is important to a variety of stakeholders, including businesses. Nationwide, active outdoor recreation contributes more than $730 billion to the U.S. economy. The protection of key recreation areas directly effects many businesses.

Recently, several key businesses from the recreation industry showed their support of preservation on the current wilderness bill set forth by Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Dave Reichert to expand the Alpine Lakes wilderness to protect the Pratt River Valley and Middle Fork Snoqualmie River.

Washington Wilderness worked with The Conservation Alliance to encourage many of its local members to show their support by signing onto a letter demonstrating the need for protection. The Conservation Alliance represents a group of outdoor industry companies which engages businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect wild places for their habitat and recreation values.

Exped LLC, a Conservation Alliance member and signer, writes about the importance of their support in their Blog:
Exped LLC is a signatory to a letter recently sent to our representatives in government, encouraging them to continue the quest to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. We've pasted the letter in below - please give it a read. Better yet, if you haven't visited the Pratt River, go and take it in soon. This amazing fall weather is a perfect time to see this beautiful stretch of river. READ MORE.
Exped LLC, with local offices in Seattle, is a maker of tents, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, trekking poles, and other outdoor gear.

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