SUBMIT A COMMENT LETTER
Please send written comments to the address below. You can also copy and paste your comment letter directly into an email addressed to: Amanda Velasquez, Methow Valley Ranger District –email@example.com. Please Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org so we can keep a copy for our records.
Mike Williams, Forest Supervisor
Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
Attention: Methow Headwaters Mineral Withdrawal
215 Melody Lane
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Dear Mr Williams:
I am writing in support of the Methow Headwaters mineral withdrawal as described in the Federal Register notice of December 30, 2016. I strongly support the 20-year withdrawal so that permanent protection may be pursued.
The Methow Valley is one of the state’s most special places. Its rural character, clean, cold waters and natural beauty support a resilient economy based on outdoor recreation, scenic tourism, agriculture, and fish and wildlife. The Methow Headwaters provide the lifeblood that supports the valley, its economy and the area’s residents and visitors.
Without the added level of protection of a mineral withdrawal, these vital lands and water resources are gravely threatened by the development of a large-scale copper mine. Threats include increased heavy truck traffic and industrial activity, visual impacts, degradation of wildlife and critical habitat, and the contamination of water that feeds the Methow Valley and lands beyond.
Large-scale mine development in the Methow Headwaters is in direct conflict with the qualities that underpin the valley’s successful and sustainable economy. It also undermines many years of community efforts to maintain the area’s rural character. Such development in the Methow Headwaters is misplaced and would devastate much of what makes the area successful.
Support for a mineral withdrawal is broad and significant. In just the past year, more than 135 diverse businesses, organizations and community groups, civic leaders, tribes, local town councils, and 2,000 individuals have signed on to support the campaign. Washington State’s U.S. Senators have been champions in working for legislation to permanently protect the Methow Headwaters. They have pledged to continue this effort.
I support the Methow Headwaters mineral withdrawal to ensure these important lands and waters continue to support the people and economy of the Methow Valley for current and future generations.