- The Green Mountain fire lookout has been ordered removed by a federal judge because of Forest Service violations of the federal Wilderness Act.
This photo of the Green Mountain lookout was taken in August of 1955 by Lee Pollack of Concrete.
By Gale Fiege,
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DARRINGTON -- A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service
to remove a historic lookout from Green Mountain in the Glacier Peak Wilderness.
The mood was sour at the Darrington Historical Society
meeting Wednesday evening as people were met with the news that U.S. District Judge John Coughenour ruled in favor of a Montana-based conservation group that sued to have the lookout removed.
"I can't tell you how totally devastated I am by this news," said historical society president Leah Tyson. "I honestly don't see how the judge could possibly believe that (the forest fire lookout) doesn't belong up there."
The lawsuit, filed in 2010 by Wilderness Watch, alleged that the Forest Service violated the federal Wilderness Act, which doesn't allow for the use of motorized vehicles nor new construction in wilderness areas. Helicopters were used to haul out the old lookout and haul in what Wilderness Watch calls a new building.