Noisy helicopters and landing zones do not belong next door to our national parks, especially one with grizzly habitat and treasured wilderness. The Army has alternatives for training--and they use them now--but there is only one North Cascades National Park.


North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park Service Complex encompasses 684,000 acres of wilderness, trails and rivers, as well as Ross Lake and Lake Chelan National Recreation Areas. In this vast terrain are…

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The wild and rugged North Cascades represent a critical part of Washington State’s natural heritage. The national park offers impressive scenic views, a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities, wilderness, wildlife habitat, and opportunities to experience silence and solitude. We need to protect a place like this.

The Army has a proposal to develop helicopter training areas near the park, within a mile of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, and inside the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. It is clear that a full Environmental Impact Statement is needed for the Army to conserve valuable national park and public lands resources while also finding better alternatives for its training needs.

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