Boston Lode, Stephen Mather Wilderness in North Cascades National Park
Oct. 30, 2016
The Wilderness Land Trust recently purchased the remaining ½ interest in the Boston Lode Mining Claim in the Stephen Mather Wilderness Area located in North Cascades National Park. The purchase secures the claim as the National Park Service purchased the other ½ interest in 2005. The 20.66-acre claim is the last remaining inholding in the Boston Basin section of the Park, and its purchase helps protect the watershed formed by Boston Peak on the south and Forbidden Peak on the north. The area is very popular with hikers accessing the wilderness at Cascade Pass.
The Wilderness Land Trust worked with the seller, Bill Soren, to clear up a decades old title issue that had made the sale to the National Park Service impossible. Now that the title has been cleared through a quiet title action, The Wilderness Land Trust plans to transfer the parcel to the National Park Service. The parcel is just across the valley from a previous 100-acre addition to the Glacier Peak Wilderness that The Wilderness Land Trust completed with Bill Soren and the US Forest Service in 2015.
Since it was founded in 1992, The Wilderness Land Trust organization has preserved 441 parcels comprised of more than 48,308 acres of wilderness inholdings in 100 designated and proposed wilderness areas.
The Wilderness Land Trust
PO Box 1420, Carbondale, CO 81623 phone: 970.963.6068 fax: 970.963.6067