Westport, WA – Scores of Peninsula business owners are joining local farmers, clergy and elected officials in applauding a measure introduced Thursday in Congress which would designate 126,000 acres of new wilderness in Olympic National Forest.

Supporters say the legislation will protect forests, rivers, salmon, and local water supplies.

The measure would represent the first new wilderness designation in the forest in almost 30 years.

Desiree Dodson, who owns Westport Inn in Grays Harbor County, represents one of the 185 Peninsula businesses supporting the Wild Olympics Bill. Dodson believes it will go a long way towards protecting the forests, rivers and salmon that also attract paying customers.

"Our abundant salmon runs and unique ancient forests and clean rivers and our scenery here is just what brings in the tourism, and it's just so important so have that. So, we support the Wild Olympics effort because of that." – Desiree Dodson