It took twenty years of political squabbling for Washington’s North Cascades National Park to come into being,but the lessons of its creation resonate today.
On the 50th anniversary of the park’s creation, author Lauren Danner speaks about her book, Crown Jewel Wilderness, at 2 pm Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Everett Public Library auditorium at 2702 Hoyt Avenue, in Everett. There is no charge to attend.
The National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the timber industry, outdoors people, businessmen, the public, and state politicians all had different ideas of how this rugged area should be viewed and used. Within the park, “Every boundary line, each turn up a valley or flow along a creek or jog around a ride, represents a political decision,” Danner says. What tipped the balance toward the creation of the resulting “park complex” might have been changing public attitudes about conserving what was left of the spectacular, unspoiled landscapes of the west.
As Senate Interior Committee Chair, Everett’s Senator Henry M. Jackson played a large role in helping shepherd a bill unique in American history, one “politically crafted to satisfy incompatible interests.”
Lauren Danner, PhD, is a writer and historian based in Olympia, Washington. A former college professor, museum director, and Washington state field coordinator for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, she writes about public lands policy, Pacific Northwest and environmental history, and outdoor recreation.
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