Road to Cottonwood – ACT NOW!

Hi All,

The following was sent out by WA State Senator Linda Evans Parlette. If you are interested in re-opening the Road to Cottonwood, please read on, and help the cause by writing to Senator Cantwell. Thanks!!

Team Stehekin,

After much delay I am writing to detail the next step in advancing House Resolution 2806, “the Road to Cottonwood” bill.  As you know, the 2010 Legislative Session lasted longer than expected – as a result all of my interim scheduling got pushed back.  It’s been a scramble, but I’m getting caught up!

Over the past few months I have met multiple times with members of the environmental community who have been monitoring this bill.  Former US Senator and Washington State Governor, Daniel J. Evans, has done the same.  I feel that positive steps are being made and I will let you know if we reach agreement.

Now is the time to share your thoughts with Senator Maria Cantwell and request a hearing on HR 2806 before the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks.  This is a subcommittee of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, which Senator Cantwell is a member of.

Since federal legislators can’t receive email directly, I encourage you to email her staff person charged with natural resource issues.  When we began working on this issue, I worked closely with Joel Merkel, who was Senator Cantwell’s staff person at the time.  Joel has since moved on and has been replaced by Wyatt King.  I have begun to educate Wyatt on the issue, and that process is ongoing.  I have notified Wyatt that your emails will be coming, so contact him as soon as possible.  His email address is:

When you write, I encourage you to touch on the following:

  • Request that HR 2806 receive a hearing in the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks before the end of July.
  • You all have your own reasons as to why this road should be reopened.  It would be helpful for everyone to share your personal thoughts with Senator Cantwell’s office.
  • Please copy me on your email at

Additionally, we are in the process of trying to schedule a trip for Senator Cantwell to visit Stehekin.  It’s important that she sees the area first-hand.  I don’t have to tell any of you that a trip to Stehekin can change a person’s outlook!

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions, or if I can be of assistance in any way.  As always, I will do my best to keep you updated as this process moves forward.  Thanks for all your help.

Go Team!

Washington State Senator, 12th District
(509) 663-9702 E-mail:

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