Wild Olympics Campaign Video highlighting the community effort and broad local public support for new Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. The video showcases the special places, stunning scenery, ancient forests and free-flowing rivers that would be protected under Senator Patty Murray and Representative Norm Dicks' landmark "Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Act." It highlights local voices and the diverse economic, conservation and recreation benefits the proposal would bring to the Olympic Peninsula and Puget Sound region.
Protecting our Ancient Forests and Rivers for Future Generations
On June 21, 2012, Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Norm Dicks introduced historic legislation to establish new Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River protections on the Olympic Peninsula. If passed, the bill would protect the first new Wilderness designations (more than 126,000 acres ) on Olympic National Forest in nearly 30 years and the first ever Wild and Scenic River designations (for 19 rivers and their tributaries constituting 464 miles of river) on the Olympic Peninsula.
The Wild Olympics Campaign is thrilled with this news and we enthusiastically support the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2012, introduced in the U.S. House and Senate and will continue to work to advocate for permanent protection of these wild places for future generations. The legislation would provide durable, permanent safeguards for the Peninsula's most priceless natural treasures; our towering ancient forests, free-flowing rivers, critical fish and wildlife habitat and our clean water. We are incredibly grateful for Congressman Dicks and Senator Murray's steadfast leadership and tireless efforts in advancing this landmark legislation. It is truly a historic giant step in the long history of Olympic Peninsula conservation.
Peninsula residents support protecting our last remaining wild forest and rivers. A recently released bipartisan poll found overwhelming support for the Wild Olympics proposal among likely voters in Washington's 6th Congressional District. Nearly two out of three (64 percent) likely voters support the Wild Olympics plan proposed by Rep. Dicks and Sen. Murray. Twenty percent of the district voters polled said they were undecided. Only 15 percent are opposed.
Over the past three years, Wild Olympics has been reaching out to Peninsula communities to build support from diverse local voices, listen to concerns and get feedback on our draft proposal. More than 5000 Peninsula residents have written letters or signed our petition, and nearly 200 Peninsula businesses, farms, faith leaders, hunting and fishing groups, elected officials, conservation and civic groups support Wild Olympics. We will continue this outreach as this legislation makes its way through congress.
The Wild Olympics Campaign Chair
QUILCENE, WA – Stewardship Forestry, an independent forestry consultant, released a study today on the impact of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 5995/ S.3329) on the Olympic National Forest (ONF) timber supply. The question of what that impact would be and what affect it might have on timber jobs has been much debated as the Wild Olympics proposal has been significantly modified over the past three years.
QUILCENE, WA - Dozens of Olympic Peninsula and south-Puget Sound mayors, city council members, county commissioners, state legislators, businesses and sportsmen groups are the latest to endorse the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act introduced Senator Murray and Congressman Dicks. The more than 70 new endorsements for the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act brings the support list of local businesses, farms, faith leaders elected officials, hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation groups to nearly 250.
Conservation, Recreation, Local Business Leaders Hail Legislation to Protect Peninsula’s Ancient Forests and Wild RiversJune 21st, 2012
QUILCENE, Wash. (June 21, 2012) The Wild Olympics Campaign today cheered the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Congressman Norm Dicks and Senator Patty Murray to permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers. If enacted, the legislation would designate the first new wilderness on Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic peninsula.
Voters in Washington’s 6th Congressional District Overwhelmingly Support Wild Olympics Proposal, Poll FindsJune 15th, 2012
QUILCENE, Wash. (June 15, 2012)—A new poll of likely voters in the 6th Congressional District shows strong support for a proposal to designate approximately 130,000 acres of wilderness and protect nearly 20 rivers and tributaries as “Wild and Scenic.”
(Quilcene, WA) The Wild Olympics Campaign today acknowledged disappointment with the decision by Congressman Norm Dicks and Senator Patty Murray to drop the willing-seller National Preserve addition piece of their proposal, but said they understand and accept the change. The Coalition stated they continue to enthusiastically back the modified Congressional plan which retains Olympic National Forest wilderness additions and new Wild and Scenic River designations for the Peninsula.
Quilcene, WA – The Wild Olympics Campaign, a Quilcene-based coalition of conservation and recreation groups welcomed the findings in a new report from Headwaters Economics. The Campaign commissioned the study to examine the broader economy of the entire Olympic Peninsula and potential effects of the draft watershed conservation plan issued by Congressman Dicks and Senator Murray in November of 2011.
Statement of Wild Olympics Campaign on New Timber Analysis of Draft ONF Wilderness/Wild and Scenic River ProposalFebruary 28th, 2012
“We welcome the independent timber analysis by forester Derek Churchill of Stewardship Forestry Consulting, which indicates the draft Wilderness/Wild and Scenic River proposal will not have any significant impact on the Olympic National Forest (ONF) timber supply. The Wild Olympics Campaign commissioned the timber analysis to help inform the public discussion about land management and conservation for parts of the Olympic National Forest."
“Mr. Churchill’s analysis indicates the wilderness proposal’s effect on the Olympic National Forest timber base is so small, that even at an accelerated harvest rate, the acreage left available would keep the Forest Service busy for more than half a century without any interruption whatsoever to the timber supply."