A fire lookout has sat precariously on top of Green Mountain in the North Cascades near Darrington since 1933, surviving winter snows and recently serving as a hiking destination with historical significance.

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A fire lookout has sat precariously on top of Green Mountain in the North Cascades near Darrington since 1933, surviving winter snows and recently serving as a hiking destination with historical significance.

Now it must go.

Federal Judge John Coughenour (COON’-our) has ordered the Forest Service to remove it from the 6,500-foot peak because the structure violates the law governing the Glacier Peak Wilderness.

The Daily Herald ( http://is.gd/3yxNNp) reports the judge ruled March 27 in favor the Wilderness Watch group of Missoula, Mont., which filed the lawsuit. The judge agreed that restoring the abandoned lookout in 2009, using 67 helicopter trips, violated the Wilderness Act and environmental law.

Forest Service spokeswoman Renee Bodine says it has 60 days to decide whether to appeal. Meanwhile, it’s looking at ways to comply.

Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com