(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."
Contacts: Bob Lynette 360-461-0761; Connie Gallant 360-710-7235
The Wild Olympics Campaign today launched a new website (www.wildolympics.org) to provide information and solicit additional community feedback on their draft proposal to protect key forest and river watersheds on the Olympic Peninsula. The Campaign has been meeting with local stakeholders for the past year to build support and get feedback on their draft proposal for new wilderness, Wild and Scenic River and willing seller National Park additions for Peninsula watersheds.