I urge support for the bill in Congress to protect the Wild Olympics. Congressman Derek Kilmer and Sen. Patty Murray have introduced the bill. This would protect more than 126,000 acres of wilderness and 19 rivers in the Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park.
Pristine stands of trees and animals such as elk, deer, salmon, steelhead and trout will receive additional protection.
A detailed study shows little impact to timber jobs; 99 percent of the lands involved for wilderness are not presently being considered for the harvest of timber. New jobs are likely in the outdoor recreation and tourist industries.
This bill is being supported by shellfish growers, hunters, guides and members of the tourism industry on the Olympic Peninsula.