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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Winter 2014 issue of The Wild Cascades is now online

Our lastest issue, including memorials for co-founders Philip Zalesky and Patrick Goldsworthy, is now online.

We mailed this issue to members about 3 weeks ago. Want your next issue as soon as it's printed? JOIN US!

You can download it now at the TWC web page.

Inside this issue:
  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe buys White River lands 
  • County hearings on Granite Falls Motocross Park 
  • NCCC website helps members spread the word  
  • No action yet on Alpine Lakes bill  
  • “Wild Wallace” NRCA proposed  
  • Coalition cautions Interior about funding Yakima Plan  
  • Bad legislation on off-road vehicles and public lands in Washington
  •  From retreat to remediation: changes at Holden Village and in habitat  
  • In Memoriam: Patrick Goldsworthy      
  • Patrick Goldsworthy: An appreciation      
  • Excerpts from a Sierra Club resolution honoring Patrick Goldsworthy      
  • To specialize in something    
  • Listed and answering his own phone      
  • “I’ll make the maps!”      
  • Remembering the Blue Bomb 
  • In Memoriam: Philip Zalesky      
  • Farewell to a giant of wilderness preservation      
  • Philip Zalesky: Another conservation leader passes      
  • Phil and laura Zalesky, conservation education supporters      
  • Remembering “Mr. Zalesky” 
  • Conservationists, Park staff remember Phil Zalesky and Pat Goldsworthy  
  • Dale Jones, former NCCC board member dies

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Lee Mann photos of the Ptarmigan Traverse from the early 1960s!

As Phil Fenner and I have been going through Patrick Goldsworthy's collection of conservation materials (okay, Phil has done 99% of the effort here :), he found about a dozen 16x20 black and white prints of a mountain trip.  I quickly identified it as the Ptarmigan Traverse, an amazing mountain trip to be done only by seasoned, experienced mountaineers.  This traverse is hard enough to do with ropes, crampons and the requisite alpine gear, but Lee Mann did it with a HUGE 4x5 camera, which must have weighed a ton.
Anyway, Phil was kind enough to do a preliminary digitization, and get them on our photo gallery.  I have since ordered them and added/edited the original captions.  Enjoy the photo gallery here:

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Annotated Wilderness Act

Here's a great reference guide from Doug Scott of the Pew Campaign for America's Wilderness:

Doug says,
This PDF distills everything I have learned about the word choices and the intent behind them in the Wilderness Act -- and the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act, the Endangered American Wilderness Act -- and the wilderness provisions of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act (how many knew the ADA had a wilderness provision?)

This is not only the legislative intent as a judge would parse it.  Indeed, there have been few if any needs for a judge to parse the Wilderness Act because Zahnie* was so precise a wordsmith.  But this also includes what I know about the intent behind Zahnie's word choices, and those made by his closest confidants, Dave Brower, George Marshall (long president of the Sierra Club), and others. [You'll soon be able to find] this and other resources on my site,  One thing up there (or soon will be) is a summary of all the major laws that made important policy corrections over the last 50 years -- including RARE-II.
This year is the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, and we'd all do well go go back and give it a good thorough read, with Doug's help!

 *Howard Zahniser, who was the primary author of the Act and executive director of The Wilderness Society.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Snow pack update, Feb 21, 2014

South Fork Stillaguamish River

Well, winter finally showed up last week--much to the relief of glacier gurus, salmon, farms and fishermen. While snow totals for the week-long string of storms is impressive at about 1.2 meters (all elevations above about 1,800 feet, the above photo is the tables at the Big Four picnic area), this is the ONLY 1.2 meters that's fallen, even at upper elevations. What little snowpack there was prior to the past week (typically above 5k ft), it is thin and now a sheet of ice. Combined with new snow on hard ground at moderate and low elevations, the recipe is there for severe (climax) avalanches is present.
I'd guess we're about 65% of "normal" now, and need the last week of Feb to be like, well, last week.
And of course have March roar like a lion!
Also keep in mind the water equivalent is low--even though this is Cascade concrete (and had lenses for the variations of precip and temp over the week), it is essentially a single snowfall, and thus relatively fluffy.
Made for some great skiing though--the first trip of 2014! Can't wait to get up on N Fork Cascade River, but always love the Stilly.

As you can see, I was the first person there, and had a fun time cutting track and sightseeing.

Stillaguamish Peak reflected in the Big Four wetlands, headwaters S. Fork Stillaguamish River.
I prefer the path less travelled.
Big Four playing coy in the clouds.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Vanishing Ice exhibit extended

This wonderful exhibit has been extended through March 20th!
See it before it vanishes!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Honoring the National Park and Glacier Peak Wilderness Area at Cache Col

As promised, I am sharing some of my trip reports from this past summer.  Normally I'd blog about the wonderful ski trips I've taken this winter, except there haven't been any ski trips because there hasn't been any snow, at least not at low-mid elevations.   Snowpack is about 50% of "normal" at elevation, and dreadful lower down.

Any way, I went to Cache Col last summer to celebrate the North Cascades National Park and Glacier Peak Wilderness--this is the very spot where they meet.  Little did I know I would end up blogging this in remembrance of a couple of people responsible for this well-deserved recognition and designation:  Patrick Goldsworthy and Phil Zalesky.  Let's get straight on with it.  Oh, and I prefer to camp on snow, as it is the ultimate "Leave No Trace" camp, there are fewer bugs, and water is easy to come by!  I'll sprinkle a few photos in to the trip report, but you can also view the gallery

10 Years After—Revisiting S Mountain (July 2, 2013)
There is a common misconception of weather in the Pacific Northwest, and in particular, the North Cascades, when it comes to the Fourth of July.  Most people pan the weather around this important day celebrating  freedom, wryly noting that “summer doesn’t start until after the 4th “ and “it’s lousy on the 4th
In reality, I’ve been climbing on the days surrounding the Fourth of July for some 30 years now, and in general the weather has been great for days at a time.  This year would be no different.
I was supposed to visit Mount Degenhardt, but I haven’t done a single high elevation trip to the mountains this year, and I knew I was in no shape to take on the Pickets by myself.  Too much beer and late night snacks, and not enough full-pack trips meant I had to find an alternative that would be easier on the approach, yet still provide maximum alpine splendor.   For the first time in a long time, conservation was not the principal factor in determining the place to explore—I made a conscious effort to go where I thought I would see the most dramatic landscape, have a chance at an actual North Cascade summit, and have fun doing it (eg. not swimming through devil’s club and slide alder for hours at a time, and then clinging to a vertical face of ice and snow wondering how to get down).
It struck me that I hadn’t been to Cache Col and the amazing northeast face of Mount Formidable in 10 years.  You might ask how I could “explore” a place I’ve already been.  Well, consider that in my entire life, I’ve spent all of two nights at Cache Col—it’s kind of like saying that because we’ve landed a dozen men on the moon we know all about it.  It seemed do-able, and the passage of 10 years would provide a good evaluation of me, and of the glaciers in the area.
Cache Col is a very special place—formed by the jagged arms of Magic Mountain and Mix-up Peak, this tiny piece of relatively “flat ground” (not vertical rock fangs) sits at 7,000 feet elevation atop the diminutive Cache Glacier on the crest of the range. 
Magic Mountain (L), Cache Col is the tiny gap center left, a bit of Mix-Up Peak (R)
The col proper usually sports a nice cornice—perfect for camping as long as it’s not a summer weekend/holiday, as this marks the north end of the famous “Ptarmigan Traverse”—a popular climber’s route through the crystalline core of the North Cascades, replete with hanging glaciers, lakes, crags and deep forested valleys for dozens of miles in every direction.  Nobody wants to camp on a thoroughfare…so I planned to go on the Saturday before the Fourth of July, of course!
As usual, the weather played a huge role in the planning.  In the days leading up to June 29, forecasts called for thunderstorms to intensify on the 29th!  I scrambled through my library, trying to find places I’d be protected from lightning—it seemed the Olympics would be free of lighting, but my knowledge of that range is woefully inadequate.  I would have to stick with Cache Col and S Mountain.  I should mention that the most frightened I’ve ever been in the hills, including a couple of falls and some avalanches, was when lightning was present…suffice it to say I’ve been touched by St. Elmo’s Fire.
I was out of bed at 04:50 Saturday to beat the heat.  But wait!  Instead of record highs in Seattle, it was sprinkling!  If it was wet in the whulge—it would be beyond scary in the Cascades—and a glance to the E confirmed my fears—a black wall of T-storms.  Um, the T-storms were supposed to show up in the afternoon and evening—not at 5 in the morning!  I almost turned around three times as I drove to Cascade Pass.  Indeed, I’m not sure why I kept going, but I’m sure glad I did.  As the pictures can attest, it ended up being one of the great atmospheric displays of orographic lift, subsidence, and all that comes from the interaction of the largest fetch of water in the solar system, the air we breathe and the improbably jagged landscape that is our North Cascades!
There were crowds by my standards on the trail to Cascade Pass.  A family of five (three kids around 12) had a wide-eyed expression of fear as they hurried down the trail—I asked if they’d had any lightning—yep, and more was on the way, so they were headed home!  Then there were the four young men I met at Cascade Pass as they came off Sahale Arm. .  These 20-somethings were loaded for bear—anchors, pickets, the works!  I asked if they’d summited Sahale, and had there been lightning?  No, and yes.   They were getting out of there!  At this point the route to Cache Col gets very unpleasant:  a steep traverse around the north side of Mix-Up peak features objective dangers (avalanche snow and falling rock at random from above) and subjective dangers (cliffs below such that one misstep can result in an end-of-life fall).  To my amazement at the crux point of this traverse, here comes a solo guy on his way home!  Our encounter was comical given the situation—I’m perched on the front-points of my crampons, ice axe rammed in as an anchor, visiting with this guy from Orcas Island in the same stance as though we’re in an aisle at the grocery store.  “Seen much lightning?” I asked.  "Everywhere and all around" was his reply.  We both looked skyward as the rain intensified.  He’d been in since Thursday, and the weather was only getting better now (if you wait for the weather to get better, you'll never go mindset).  We wished each other a happy holiday, and onward and upward I went!  It occurred to me if I’d seen this many people already, and the weekend was just getting going…well perhaps camping at the col was not in the cards regardless of lightning.
The ascent of the Cache Glacier to the col is lovely.   Alpine strolling at it’s best—not life threatening, just a rolling terrain of ice that steps up to a tiny notch in the otherwise continuous wall of fins and vertical rock on all sides.  The cornice at the top of the glacier was about five times larger/higher than it was 10 years ago—this would be an interesting challenge with a full pack on!   The upper section of the glacier has a real bergschrund (melting out quickly in the record heat I should note)—this marks where the glacier ends and the cornice of snow begins, and where the vertical portion of the climb is.  The slope angle to the ‘schrund was about 30 degrees, but at the interface to the cornice (a widening gap that one can fall in to and never come back) it steepened to about 70 degrees for two and a half meters, and then another 2 meters of vertical!  The snow was in great shape, but as I front-pointed up, I wondered how I was going to get down.  No time to worry about that—I had to get over the top lip.  I cut a small V with my ice-axe and hefted myself over!
Camp was set on the cornice, as the surrounding rock crags offered some measure of protection from the expected lightning.  Truth be told, as soon as I got to the col and could see south (where the weather was coming from), I could tell the storms were done—I was up on high and safe!  It took me 4.5 hours to do the route 10 years ago—and took me 5 hours this time.  While the tent was on the Middle Cascade River side of the cornice, I pulled my drinking water from the side overhanging the Cache (Stehekin headwaters).  In one step I was going from waters bound for the San Juan Islands to water bound for Astoria, Oregon.

As fate would have it, not another person made it to the col for the next three days (at least)—I lived at the top of a glacier, surrounded by high peaks, low valleys and some of the most remote country in the lower 48.  I lived at the interface between North Cascades National Park and the Glacier Peak Wilderness Area, my only neighbors a couple of Ptarmigans and one mosquito.  There were signs of goats, including fresh tracks all over the place, but none visited while I was there.
I mentioned the interplay of ocean, atmosphere and landform.  Saturday evening provided some of the best interactions I’ve ever seen—living on the crest between the Cascade River and the Stehekin River will get you that.   I was fortunate to film and photograph some of this dynamic, glorious expression of planetary science, though pictures hardly do justice to the profound beauty of water fluxing through all of her life-giving forms.   As the sun went down, the air cooled, causing clouds to form right at the surface as winds pushed the air over the peaks.  Lenticular clouds were on all of the summits, with mists and vapor forming right there on the snowfields (orographic lift).  Clouds (moisture) that had been high in the sky in the form of building convective cells now settled and flattened, lowering to the levels of the summits (subsidence) .  Thus, I had clouds forming at my feet at the same time other clouds were saucering in from above.  I was living in a gap between clouds, the wind pushing both layers by at great speed—mountains and glaciers visible near and far in the gap!  Sunlight reflecting off the snowfields and glaciers was tinged orange, which in turn illuminated the clouds with all the shades of alpen-glow—I was literally living in the fuzzy stuff of which great sunsets are made.  After sunset the clouds filled in at my elevation—I could see out of the clouds by looking straight up.  Perfect timing for darkness, rest and sleep.   

Oh, the icefalls off the NE side of Mount Formidable avalanched pretty much continuously the entire time I was there.  Heck, there was more (consistent) action than what I saw off Johannesburg (should be called Cascade Mountain) this Spring!
Summit day Sunday dawned brilliant—not a cloud in the sky.  The ascent to S Mountain (aka Hurry-up Peak) was pleasant, most of it done with crampons (note to self, Asolo leather boots are terrible on snow—Lowa and Raichle are better).   I should note that 10 years ago there was less snow, and not just because the climb then was done July 10.  The winter of 2003 was terrible--I drove to the end of Sunrise Mine road that year in February--this year there was two meters of snow from January to April…
This increased snowpack was reflected in the large cornice at the top of the Cache Glacier, and also on the summit towers of S Mountain.  Where 10 years ago was a delightful chimney of rock for some class 3 stemming, this year saw the chimney choked with water ice and snow for a class 5 ascent (and more importantly, descent) on a 70 degree slope of snow and ice.  It was only for about three meters, but one slip here meant certain severe injury, and likely death due to vertical nature of the knife-sharp rocks below the chimney, and the fact there wasn’t another human being for miles, nor would there be on this crag...   And then just below the summit, there was an area of simple friction climbing—not up, but sideways across a smooth rock face.   Simple except when the rock is covered with about half an inch of water ice!  I ended up hooking the pick of my ice-axe on the top of the plate of ice and swinging across the face.  I was so concerned about how to get down that I only spent about 45 minutes at the summit—I usually spend at least one hour, and hopefully two or more.  Not so this time—it was game-face all the way—get pictures of the amazing north face of Spider Mountain, views down the deep valley of the Middle Fork Cascade River, and across the crest to the deep valleys feeding Lake Chelan.  Marvel at how Johannesburg (should be renamed Cascade) Mountain is steep on ALL sides, and the grandeur of this most incredible landscape.  In a glance, I could see from Chelan to the Olympics, and from Tahoma (Rainier) to Canada.  How can so many mountains fit in such a “small” (about 5,000 square miles) area?  Then it was time to leave, to take on significant mountaineering descents, complete with legs shaking from fatigue—a time in which I found NO enjoyment.  Obviously I made it.
The photo goal of the trip:  Spider Glacier on the N face of Spider Mountain.  Note waterfall lower left and consider the face is 4,000 feet of vertical.

Thus ends my climbing career, at least for the most part.  I go to the hills to have fun and live, not to put life and limb at very real risk.  I’ve come to find/realize/accept that climbing is a young man’s game.  Consider this:  professional athletes lose effectiveness in their 30s.  In their various playoffs they have to perform for one hour of actual game time, and really focus for three hours per event.  Events/games take place every other day at most.  In climbing, the mental and physical challenge runs from four to ten hours per day, and usually goes for two, three or four consecutive days at a time, with eating and sleeping there only to “break even” for calorie loss.  Also consider that when a baseball player makes an error, the result is a run, or a base, or a mark on a paper.  When a climber makes a mistake, the result is usually measured in broken body parts, and even death.  Now in my fiftieth year, I guess it’s time to finally act my age, at least in one venue of life.  I recognize that to do summits like this at this stage of my life (which before I didn’t consider that big a deal because my physical ability gave me the freedom to take chances and “get away with it”) I need to be in training all the time to not have doubt or fear.  But I do things other than backcountry travel (I know it’s hard to believe, but true), so can’t dedicate my entire life to preparing for the next summit.  That’s not to say I/we won’t hike and explore—I just need to modulate exposure to/on those really pointy places.
Middle Cascade Glacier sits between Spider Mountain (L) and Mount Formidable (R).  Headwaters, Cascade River.
It took eight hours to do the climb in 2003—this year I did it in six hours, though I only spent 45 mins on the summit—I think I was on the top for 2.5 hours last time.  I know I’ll never trade the real world for the virtual world.  I will, however, dial down the level of difficulty.
I am so very thankful to live where I do—this area of the United States of America offers so much opportunity!  To be able to explore the North Cascades, the Olympic Peninsula and Pacific Ocean, the San Juan Islands, all within sight of our metropolitan home is a blessing.
View E. to the Bridge Creek/Chelan trench--next stop, Astoria Oregon..

View W down the Middle Fork Cascade River valley, and on to the San Juan Islands and Kulshan (Mount Baker).
Oh, and on a somber note, my world-famous $20 Fred Meyer kiddie tent that was purchased during the 2004 NCGCP field season as an effective light-weight bivvy dome, is done.  The door was torn out during a bit of wind and me trying to unstick a zipper in the dark of the second night, and while the “tent” could never have stopped rain or animals, it did keep the bugs out.

Some scientific notes:  the fires that came through the middle and south forks of the Cascade River some seven years ago really ravaged the middle fork!  I’d say 50 percent of the valley forests are gone and have not started coming back, so steep is the terrain.  I’ll chat with NCCC board members Kevin Geraghty and Rick McGuire to get their take—they know much about forest history in the area.
There were ladybugs all over the summit area—something of a common occurrence in the North Cascades.
The family of ptarmigans still lives on the W flank of S Mountain—I scared them out at midday.  They visited camp both nights, the second night was great.  They were flying well after sunset, almost dark.  I saw one backlit above a ridge—it went inverted as it crossed the ridge, and it was pretty windy!
The guy from Orcas Island made a point of describing the Cache Glacier as “covered” with ice worms on the cloudy, cool wet days.  I saw quite a few on my first day (mostly -> partly cloudy), but none once it got sunny and warm other than a few in the evenings/after sunset.
I have never seen so much red snow.  The algae is everywhere, and in far greater density than I have seen in 30 years of travel in the range.
The Middle Fork Glacier is both narrower and thinner at the ice-fall—comparisons of photos confirm this is substantial.  The lower glacier still displays blue ice, but there was too much snow to get a firm grip on the true terminus situation.
The Spider Glacier is really two pieces (E and W) though the link between the two appears to be the same (snow cover may hide the truth).   The big square “cutout” on the W section terminus/icefall is still visually about the same as 10 years ago, while the glacier is thinner and does not extend downslope as far (not a big change).  The waterfalls at the base of Spider Mountain are some of the best and highest in the entire range.
The S Glacier appears to be much thinner on the section running N.  Indeed, it is a tapered (longitude) ridge of ice now, and the top has pulled away from the E flank of the N arm of the peak for some distance (longitude).
Close to the end of the expedition, just as I was finishing that terrible traverse of the north side of Mix-Up Peak, I fell on steep snow as I entered forest—I ended up with a raspberry/road rash on my left arm!  Glad that didn’t happen close to the summit.
The record heat has continued, with a series of lovely summer days.  The meltoff of the snowpack has the rivers at flood stage across the range—the Cascade, Skagit, Sauk and Suiattle were all raging like it is October or April!
It does not bode well for glacier mass-balance for the North Cascades this year.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ACTION ALERT - Motocross track threatens area around Granite Falls, gateway to scenic Mountain Loop Byway


Motocross track threatens area around Granite Falls, gateway to scenic Mountain Loop Byway

Snohomish County approved development of a Granite Falls Motocross Park recently, and our friends at the Mountain Loop Conservancy are organizing opposition for a series of upcoming public hearings. As anyone who as been through the Mountain Loop Byway knows, the Mountain Loop area has been a nearby oasis of quiet, calm natural beauty on the "back doorstep" of the increasingly urbanized Puget Sound corridor. The growth along the highway approaches to the town of Granite Falls, and the development of the Gravel Mine there have altered the landscape enough. A motocross park would bring many more people and vehicles into the area, tie up traffic and cause a drone of noise and disruption during race events. Not to mention the lack of capacity for the crowds it would attract.

Here's the alert we received from Mountain Loop Conservancy:

Input Needed at the Granite Falls Motocross Hearing
By Mountain Loop Conservancy
January 12, 2014

Granite Falls, WA – The decision by Snohomish County on the development of the Granite Falls Motocross Park has been appealed by The Mountain Loop Conservancy (MLC), Pilchuck Audubon, and North Cascades Conservation Council and they are asking for public input at the hearing in February 2014. This project began in 2007 and, if approved, would be constructed on almost 80 acres of a 437 acre site of forested land four miles east of Granite Falls. The Mountain Loop area is designated as a National Forest Scenic Byway and has more than 400,000 visitors annually.

In 2006, Snohomish County created the Motocross Racetracks Ordinance. It singles out just a couple of locations where such a track can be located in the whole county. At the meeting with the County Council, supporters of motocross FAR outnumbered people opposed to it, largely because opponents were blindsided, having been given little notice of the proposed ordinance. Even though the developers, Gary Strode and Paul Thomas of MXGP, had illegally constructed a motocross track without any permits near Monroe, the council created an ordinance so they could open a new track.

Conservation groups immediately took action to prevent this development.Petitions against the project were distributed and signed, a web site was created by the Mountain Loop Conservancy, and the services of attorney Dave Bricklin were enlisted. Letters from people all over the world opposing the project were sent to Planning and Development Services (PDS) of Snohomish County. A Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance (MDNS) was issued in 2010 by PDS. This determination allows a project to move forward if they can meet certain requirements. There were three appeals to this decision, the MDNS was quickly withdrawn, and the developer was forced to submit additional documents.  Conservation groups have been trying to force the developers to do a far more detailed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). We have successfully fought this project for 6 ½ years. In 2013, another MDNS was issued by PDS. The MLC, along with Pilchuck Audubon and North Cascades Conservation Council, filed another appeal based on the unavoidable impacts of the project, and the contradictory nature of information about the project supplied by the developer.

Our concerns about this project include:
  • Noise- The peace and quiet that attracts so many to the area will be lost due to the loud noise of motocross bikes and ATVs. A berm, to supposedly cut down on the noise, is not scheduled to be completed for 15 years!
  • Water usage and drainage- The proposed site sits atop a sensitive aquifer area and leaks of oil and gas could permanently pollute it. If too much water is drawn out for usage at the site, it will affect local residents and wildlife.
  • Traffic- The 2-lane Mountain Loop Highway was not designed to handle the thousands who may attend racing events. This will affect hikers traveling on the Mountain Loop Highway trying to get to trailheads!
  • Wildlife and the environment- The 437 acre site was not surveyed adequately. Black bear, marbled murrelets, bald eagles, salmon, and trout are just a few of the species that will be affected by habitat destruction and ongoing disturbance.
  • Emergency Service- Fire, medical, and law enforcement services are extremely limited in this rural areaA fire could quickly grow into a major disaster.
  • Local Economy- Outdoor recreation attracts 400,000 annually to this area. Local businesses take advantage of the natural beauty of the region and a motocross park is incompatible with current land usage.
We are looking for people to testify against this project. To find out more about the major reasons we oppose this project, please visit this site:

When the Motocross Racetracks Ordinance was created, the motocross people “won”. It’s our turn this time.

In the public testimony, people may choose to cover some of the areas of concern we have identified or they may choose to use their own words. They can speak from their heart about experiences they have had in the area. A beautiful view, a surprising wildlife encounter, or the joys of introducing the area to a visitor, are just a few of the ideas they could discuss. Testimony may be limited to a maximum of three minutes per person. The hearing will take place in Public Hearing Room #2 on the 1st floor of the Robert J. Drewel Building (Admin-East), 3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett, Washington. Here is the schedule (note that the Hearings may continue past these dates if the Hearing Examiner determines more time is necessary):

February 4, 2014           1:00 pm   Public testimony

February 5, 2014           6:00 pm   Public testimony

If concerned citizens plan to attend or give testimony opposing the motocross park development on February 4 or 5, please let the MLC know by sending an email topaulshep@mindspring.comThe appellants need bodies out there to show there is support against such a project.

If you're unable to make it to a hearing in person, we strongly urge you to submit written comments to or mail them to:
Snohomish County Hearing Examiner
3000 Rockefeller Avenue, M/S 405
Everett, WA  98201
      NOTE that all written comments must reference the Project Name
      Granite Falls Motocross Park, AND file# 07-101924-LU.
Comments must be submitted before the end of the hearing on February 5th!

It will cost the Mountain Loop Conservancy at least $25,000 to be represented in court by an attorney. If you would like to make a donation towards those costs, send an email to The MLC currently has applied for nonprofit status with the Internal Revenue Service and hopes to have that status by the end of the year.

NCCC urges you to contribute to MLC, attend these hearings and write a comment!