Washington State Representative Denies Special Resource Study for Mount St Helens

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   December 5, 2012
Contact:   Sean Smith, Policy Director, National Parks Conservation Association, Office: 206.903.1125; Cell:206.818.4041
Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 415.847.1768, kschmidt@npca.org


Washington State Representative Denies Special Resource Study for Mount St Helens

Statement by Sean Smith, Northwest Policy Director, National Parks Conservation Association

“On behalf of the National Parks Conservation Association, I am disappointed to see that Representative Jamie Herrera Beutler has decided to forgo support for a special resources study to explore the benefits of making Mount St. Helens a national park.  A special resources study would allow for an in-depth examination of potential management alternatives and related benefits, including those that would come from adding this iconic landscape to the National Park System. We believe that community members throughout southern Washington and beyond would greatly benefit from increased access to information, and that the study would help inform future decisions.”

“This week, the United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management signed off on a plan to allow exploratory drilling near the volcano, the first in the authorization of a large open pit mine.  The decision not to support a resource study leaves the monument open to even more exploitation and degradation.”

“Over the years, we have worked with business owners, community leaders, conservationists, and elected officials, who mirror our hopes of having the full potential of Mount St Helens realized, by elevating it to a national park.  Alongside our partners, we will continue to work with Representative Herrera Beutler and other elected officials to reconsider this decision and use more long-term thinking surrounding the future of Mount St Helens and its surrounding communities.”

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