Seattle, WA - After years of negotiations and hard work from several groups, the expansion of Mt. Rainier National is nearing a close. The expansion area is 90% completed. Robb Krehbiel, Program Associate with Environment Washington, released the following statement:
"The Carbon River Valley rainforest is one of the last inland temperate rainforests in the world, and is home to many unique and endangered species. For years, logging and development along the park’s borders threatened to cause irreparable harm to the forest — as well as the wildlife that depend on it for survival.
Thanks to a huge outpouring of public support from Environment Washington members, we were able to convince our leaders in Washington to expand Mt. Rainier National Park and protect this rare rainforest.
We would like to thank all of our supporters, as well as leaders in Congress who helped make this happen. In particular, thanks to Sen. Cantwell for her leadership on the parks expansion, and to all our our leaders who have supported the project since it bagan many years ago."
Environment Washington is a statewide, citizen-based advocacy organization dedicated to clean air, clean water, and open space. For more information, please visit www.environmentwashington.org