June 4, 2015
Wild Olympics News
Bookmark this page to stay current on wilderness news, or add the RSS feed to your news reader.
December 20, 2014 CONTACT: Roy Nott, President, L.D. Nott Company: 360-561-4584
Over the last 16 months, a powerful new economic voice has emerged calling for protecting Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers in Washington: major business leaders and CEO’s of some of our state’s largest employers.
I’m not talking about the recent winter Olympics, this is much more regional.
In January, Representative Derek Kilmer and Senator Patty Murray reintroduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, in reference to Washington State’s resources and the headwaters on the Olympic Peninsula.
Being an “Olympic Peninsulan” by birth and upbringing, this issue raises great interest here on the home front.
I’m grateful to U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer and Sen. Patty Murray for introducing the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act into Congress.
My wife and I have long admired the wild lands of the Olympic. In 1990 we retraced the steps of the Seattle Press exploring party which traveled up the Elwha River to the Low Divide and down the Quinault River in midwinter 100 years before. We have climbed many of the Olympic Mountains, and often visit the wilderness beaches that extend along the coast from Tatoosh to the Hoh River.
To the editor:
I was happy to read recently that legislation was recently introduced to protect some of our best wild places on the Olympic Peninsula for future generations.
As owner of B.I.Cycle here on Bainbridge, I was one of more than 250 local businesses who have endorsed the proposal because it has been carefully crafted to balance protection of forests and rivers and preserving recreational access and economic opportunities.
Any legislative proposal that can be filed under the category of "conservation" is likely to generate some knee-jerk opposition. The standard reaction in some quarters is to label such legislation as "job-killing" or "anti-business" or "bad for the economy."
But when it comes to the recently introduced Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, has an effective retort for the naysayers.
A group of Olympic Peninsula hunters, anglers, and guides of Sportsmen for Wild Olympics delivered signatures last week from more than 300 local sportsmen and women on a petition to Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer in support of their new legislation to permanently protect headwaters and salmon streams on Olympic National Forest and enhance access. The signers urge the lawmakers to keep the ancient forests and free-flowing rivers wild, because “Peninsula salmon, trout, and steelhead rely on cold, clean water from upper reaches of rivers & streams on Olympic National Forest.
Sportsmen for Wild Olympics have delivered signatures from more than 300 local sportsmen and women on a petition to Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer in support of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.
More than 300 Olympic Peninsula hunters, anglers and guides are endorsing the newly-revived Wild Olympics bill.
Their petition urges Congress to back the bill’s goal of designating more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and label portions of 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers as“wild and scenic.”
Known as Sportsmen for Wild Olympics, the group produced a short video, which you can view above.
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.