The Bellingham Herald in its Aug. 4 issue notes that the Bonneville Power Administration's plans to build 44 new power plants would cause disruptions in the views of Rainier for 36 days and Hood for 31 days each year.
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Outside Magazine notes that Hood National Forest has abandoned its Experimental Wilderness Zoning.
Four years in the making, the project, designed to protect rarely visited, pristine areas, created two grades of wilderness. In pristine areastypically spots with lesser scenic appealbackcountry use was severely restricted. But on popular trails and at well-used campsites, where the environment already was compromised, wilderness use was left largely unregulated.
Similar ideas are under review in California's John Muir Wilderness and New Hampshire's Pemigewasset Wilderness.
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