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Reps want Green Mountain lookout removal delayed

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Reps want Green Mountain lookout removal delayed

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EVERETT, Wash. – Members of Washington’s congressional delegation are asking federal officials to delay plans to remove the Green Mountain fire lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness while they push legislation to save the structure where it is.

The Daily Herald reports that Democratic Reps. Suzan DelBene and Rep. Rick Larsen joined a member of the House Natural Resources Committee on Friday in sending a letter to the chief of the Forest Service.

The Forest Service plans to spend about $100,000 using a helicopter to remove the lookout and place it atop Circle Peak, about eight miles away.

A federal judge ordered the removal because the lookout was rebuilt in 2009 with the aid of a helicopter, which is in violation of federal law governing wilderness areas.

The Green Mountain Heritage Protection Act could be heard by the full House of Representatives in September.

Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell also are pursuing identical legislation in the Senate.