Methow Valley dropped from national park proposal
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
MAZAMA, Wash. (AP) -- A group proposing an expansion of the North Cascades National Park has dropped plans to include much of the Methow Valley because of opposition from mountain bikers, hunters and hikers who take their dogs along.
The proposal released Friday by the American Alps Legacy Project calls for adding 238,000 acres to the park. That's 109,000 acres less than once envisioned.
Jim Davis of the North Cascades Conservation Council said some legitimate activities in the area aren't right for national park.
The Wenatchee World also reports (http://bit.ly/oWFKoA ) some conservationists worried the tiny unincorporated town of Mazama would be overdeveloped if it bordered the national park.
The land under consideration for addition to the national park is currently part of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
Information from: The Wenatchee World, http://www.wenatcheeworld.com