We’re all delighted about Congress’ belated creation of the Wild Sky Wilderness Area, which will put 106,000 acres of the Cascade Mountains under federal protection.
But there’s a curious omission in this excerpted press release from the Sierra Club, Wilderness Society and other enviros. Can you spot it? (Answer below.)
Wild Sky Wilderness Passes Congress
Conservation Community Celebrates Congressman Larsen’s and Senator Murray’s Commitment to Washington’s Wilderness
Seattle – After years of work, supporters of the Wild Sky Wilderness Act (H.R. 886/S. 520) celebrated today as the legislation passed Congress and was sent to the White House for final approval. Conservationists praised Congressman Larsen and Senator Murray for their unwavering commitment to Washington’s wildlands and thanked them for their support of the people and the places that make Washington state such a great place to call home.
“Congressman Larsen and Senator Murray are true heroes of our state’s environment. They have never stopped fighting for Wild Sky and today we can finally start celebrating the first new wilderness in Washington in more than 20 years," said Tom Uniack, Conservation Director of the Washington Wilderness Coalition. “Senator Murray and Representative Larsen are fortunate to have had strong support from Washington’s congressional delegation throughout this process, including Congressmen Jay Inslee and Norm Dicks and Senator Maria Cantwell."
After more than six years of legislative action, the Wild Sky Wilderness Act has now passed both the House and Senate and is headed to the President’s desk, where he is expected to sign the bill into law.
The omission: U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert – a co-sponsor and champion of the Wild Sky bill.
Reichert is hardly lacking in green credentials. But this is an election year. Heaven forbid that an ounce of credit, for anything, should go to a Republican up for re-election.