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Bill would expand Alpine Lakes Wilderness

WILDERNESS -- Members of Washington's congressional delegation are making another attempt to expand the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in the Cascades, according to a Seattle Times report.

Republican Rep. Dave Reichert and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray reintroduced bills Thursday to expand the wilderness area by about 22,000 acres and to designate parts of the Pratt River and the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River as wild and scenic.

Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell is a co-sponsor of the legislation in the Senate, and congressmen Jay Inslee, Jim McDermott, Norm Dicks, and Adam Smith are co-sponsors in the House.

Reichert and other members of the delegation have introduced similar measures in recent years, but the bills didn't pass both the House and Senate.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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