National Geographic : 1977 Jul
Wilderness means more profit for the spirit and less for the pocket in the dispute-ridden Skagit Basin. Should the Skagit win inclusion in the nation's Wild and Scenic Rivers System, commercial interests would have to temper plans. The timber industry, whose bounty fills an of-river channel at the Skagit's mouth (above), would have to curtail operations on the waterway. New dams would be forbidden on protected stretches, a concern to farmers whose land (above, right) often floods. Seattle City Light now wants to raise Ross Dam 121 feet, which means flooding land in Canada.To avoid unsightly low-water vistas such as this left by clear-cuttingfor Ross Lake (right), the utility plans to remove stumps from future reservoir sites.