As someone who regularly hikes in Olympic National Park and the surrounding forest, I recently attended the workshop put on by the offices of Rep. Norm Dicks and Sen. Patty Murray regarding watershed protection on the Olympic Peninsula.
As a supporter of the Wild Olympics Campaign, I was concerned that the compromises they were putting forward in response to opponents of our campaign had gone too far.
However, after having a conversation with one of the staff and scanning the draft maps and other information that was presented, I came away satisfied.
Though there are some areas that I care about that were excluded from the draft, I feel their draft proposal is a good step forward toward protecting our natural resources and most notably, our clean water and recreation access.
I applaud and thank Sen. Murray and Congressman Dicks for having the vision to move forward with such a great idea.
Carolyn R. Morillo