Should the Mountain Loop Highway be repaired?
WTA supports rebuilding the road. The Forest Service's Environmental Assessment asserts that the current plan, which would move portions of the road away from the river, will not significantly affect habitat or ecology. Pilchuck Audubon and NCCC, however, have expressed concerns that the project could damage salmon, trout and marbled murrelet habitat; they also argue that the Forest Service should spend its money elsewhere, since the road will eventually wash out again.
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Photo of Goat Lake by Don Crowley.