I attended the workshop on Sen. Murray’s and Congressman Dicks’ watershed proposal in Hoquiam recently and it was interesting to see so many fellow supporters of this proposal.

Protecting our Wild Olympics is good for business and good for the Harbor.

As the owner of the Westport Inn we’ve watched people come here to fish, clam, surf, bird watch, hike, camp, beach comb and otherwise enjoy our wild coast. They stay in motels like ours, eat in local restaurants, shop in area stores or choose to make their homes here. In Grays Harbor County, travel spending alone brought in more than $253 million in 2009 — directly supporting 4,900 jobs — nearly 16 percent of our countyуs employment. This is clearly a resource worth protecting and benefits people who live here.

The Wild Olympics proposal will permanently protect the same treasures that draw these people to the Harbor — our unique low elevation ancient rainforests, sparkling wild rivers and crystal-clear water, and our abundant birds, wildlife and salmon runs. It is important that we preserve some of the natural wonders of the Harbor for our local population and our kids to enjoy.

Mark Dodson