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Pombo wilderness area?

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Tuesday, February 13th, 2007 at 5:40 pm in congressional district 11.

Seattle-Post Intelligence environmental reporter Robert McClure posts a snarky naming suggestion on his blog for a Washington state proposed wilderness area: “Richard Pombo Memorial Wild Sky Wilderness.”

Ouch.

Some of you may remember that former congressman Pombo, as chairman of the House Resources Committee, opposed the designation of this 106,000 acres as a wilderness area despite three approvals in the U.S. Senate and significant local support. Pombo sought a smaller wilderness area — the government’s highest level of protection — and argued that at least 13,000 acres are still dotted with old roads and remain heavily used by campers. No motorized vehicles are allowed in official wilderness areas.

But with Pombo out of the way and Democrats in control of Congress, proponents of what has been referred to as the “Wild Sky Wilderness Area” in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest are feeling very optimistic about their chances of success this year.

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