Ready access to unspoiled wild lands are one of the major reasons people are attracted to Washington State, he adds.
"Wilderness is very much where we hunt, fish, raft, kayak, backpack; it’s a place we go for daytrips – and it’s really critical to why people move here to live, to raise their families and to work."
A bill is pending that would give Washington State another slice of protected land by extending the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. The U.S. Senate passed a resolution commemorating today’s anniversary of passage of the Wilderness Act. Nationwide, the act has protected more than 109 million acres in the last 45 years.