I was pleased to read in the PDN that Sen. Patty Murray will re-introduce her Wild Olympics bill in Congress [“Murray to Resurrect Wild Olympics Bill,” Feb. 12].

In the more than 20 years that our family has lived in Port Angeles, we have spent many days (and nights) in our “wild” backyard, hiking, fishing, skiing, etc.

When our two boys come home from college breaks, they have frequently headed to the hills, often with new friends in tow.
Now that our house is a little quieter, I spend more time fly-fishing the Olympic Peninsula’s iconic rivers, like the Hoh, Sol Duc and Dungeness.

I’ve come to realize the natural, historical and economic value that these rivers offer our area, and I am surprised—and disappointed—that not one of them is part of the Wild and Scenic Rivers system.

The Wild Olympics bill would change that. It would give our rivers permanent protection through reasonable wilderness and river designations that are, frankly, long overdue.

It seems to me that too often, we act with short-term economic interests in mind, and then down the road, we discover the true and lasting cost of our actions.

The natural world deserves better…and as inheritors of that world, our children’s children deserve better.

David Christian,
Port Angeles