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.
In a statement, Dave Bailey, a past president of Sequim’s Grey Wold Fly Fishing Club, said “people think that because these areas appear as they’ve always been, that they are safe. Nothing could be the furthest thing from the truth. There is a determined effort in Congress to roll back safeguards on our public lands and open these sensitive spawning grounds to small hydro(electric) development, industrial clear-cutting and more road building once more. That’s bad for fish, game and sportsmen.”
For more info, go to the Sportsmen for Wild Olympics website.