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Text Grahpic: Working to complete the vision for new park and wilderness protection in Washington's North Cascades
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We're a coalition working to protect 237,702 acres of pristine wild country, from Bacon Creek near Marblemount to Washington Pass.


An expanded national park that brings the park down to State Route 20 and highway 542.

More non-motorized family-friendly front-country recreation that will attract today's youth and thus encourage future generations to work for protection of the North Cascades.

Strong and continuing protections for the wild and pristine backcountry of the national park.

Continued ecologically sensitive use of the backcountry by hikers, skiers, and horseback riders.

Increased visitation to the park and the local economic benefits that come with visitation.

Limits on extractive activities like logging, mining, biomass harvest, and energy development.

Photo by Philip Fenner

CLICK HERE to browse recent coverage of the American Alps initiative in the press.

CLICK HERE to view a photo collection from Swamp Creek Ridge.

"The American Alps Legacy Proposal is focused on the long-term integrity of the North Cascades ecosystem. It emphasizes the paramount importance of wildlife and fish biodiversity. It bequeaths a legacy to future generations that will treasure this truly magnificent wild area in Washington's North Cascades." CLICK HERE to download the Biodiversity Study (18MB PDF).

CLICK HERE to read the press release and download the study report and list of proposed amenities!

CLICK HERE to read about the filming and HERE to read about the research.

CLICK HERE for a discussion of recreation issues!

CLICK HERE for answers about conservation of the study areas!

Use the menu buttons on the left to explore the Project!

"Working across the aisle on the American Alps Legacy Project, lawmakers have a chance to make a meaningful difference for future generations..." -Peter Jackson, Everett Herald, 9/25/2011

"The views will likely have your heart singing and your brain wondering how anyone could think such dazzling scenes don't belong in a national park." -Seattle Times, Travel/Outdoors section, 9/4/2008

"The National Parks may well be America's Best Idea, as filmmaker Ken Burns declared in his recent PBS series. The North Cascades National Park may be one of its best-kept secrets.... With the National Park Service's centennial coming up in 2016, we can't imagine a more appropriate way to mark the occasion here than by improving on America's Best Idea, and letting more Americans enjoy it." -The Everett Herald, 6/27/2010

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Field Guide

Check out our mini-guide for visiting the North Cascades: dayhikes, driving tours, wildlife viewing, historical sites, big trees, roadside geology, and more!


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