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For many, the westside of the North Cascades is fondly known as the wet side of the North Cascades. The wetness of the west produces lush forests of fir, cedar and hemlock and contributes to sparkling, clear rivers and streams, which flow down from snow-capped peaks. Water plays a lead role for recreation in the westside of the North Cascades; kayakers and rafters seek out world-class runs that provide thrills and incredible scenery.
Recreation is also a dominant use in the front and backcountry of the North Cascades. Backpacking, hiking, and birdwatching are popular activities in this region, with the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest as the primary destination. Wilderness areas, such as Alpine Lakes and Boulder River, provide unrivaled opportunities for experiencing nature close to urban areas.
Yet there are over 300,000 acres of pristine middle and low elevation wildlands that could benefit from permanent protections. We’re working with a group of people to ensure that this land is permanently protected so that future generations have a place to play and our communities continue to enjoy clean drinking water.
Photo: Boulder Falls by Jim Nelson