Bipartisan Leadership Gains Recognition


Sign The Thank You Letter

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Wendy McDermott on the Snoqualmie River | © Wendy McDermott

Rep. DelBene and myself on the Snoqualmie River, WA | © Wendy McDermott

Thank you for protecting Alpine Lakes!

Dear Reps. DelBene and Reichert:

Thank you for your leadership on the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Act, H.R. 361. I support this important piece of legislation which will protect recreational opportunities, critical low-elevation old-growth forest habitat, and the free-flowing, crystal clear waters of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers. I truly appreciate your hard-work and dedication to protecting this special area for current and future generations.

I recently had the honors of hiking with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River drainage where she has co-sponsored the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Additions and Pratt and Middle Fork Snoqualmie Rivers Protection Act (H.R. 361; “Alpine Lakes”). 

One of her first acts in Congress was reaching out to the bill’s main sponsor in the House, Rep. David Reichert (R-WA-08), to work with him on permanently protecting this treasured landscape and the free-flowing, crystal clear waters of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie and Pratt Rivers.

Reps. DelBene and Reichert recognize that protecting wildlife habitat, clean water and recreational opportunities for current and future generations are not partisan issues, which has led them to be recognized as September’s Bipartisan Champions by the Bipartisan Policy Center. American Rivers congratulates both of these Congressional leaders and thanks them for their leadership on Alpine Lakes.

The Alpine Lakes bill, once enacted, will add roughly 20,000 acres of rare low elevation old growth and mature forests to the existing Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and it will designate 27 miles of the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River and the 10 mile Pratt River as Wild and Scenic Rivers under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.

Please join us in thanking Reps. DelBene and Reichert for their bipartisan leadership on Alpine Lakes.