Legislation protecting the Green Mountain Lookout in Snohomish County was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Monday. The new law comes after a group based in Montana filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service for using a helicopter and machinery to repair the lookout in the Glacier Peak Wilderness within the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
As a result of the suit, the U.S. District Court ordered the Forest Service to remove the lookout.
Members of Washington’s congressional delegation — Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Rep. Suzan DelBene and Rep. Rick Larsen — led the legislative effort to save the structure.
The Green Mountain Lookout is one of only six such lookouts located within a wilderness area. The Washington State Trust for Historic Preservation named it one of the 10 most endangered buildings last year, before the court made its decision.