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Help Plan the Future of Olympic National Park’s Wilderness

Pony Bridge, Olympic National Park

Pony Bridge, Olympic National Park

 

The Olympic National Park of Washington State wants your input on future rules and regulations for wilderness areas within the park. Though most would say the number is at 100%, Olympic National Park is 95% wilderness as designated by the park service. Wilderness in Olympic National Park is considered places that typically limit access in one way, shape or form.

 

According to the Peninsula Daily News, “The final plan, expected to be put into effect in late 2015, will guide management of most of the 922,650-acre park for the next 15 to 20 years.”

 

 

Olympic National Park has created 4 alternatives for you to consider.

 

Alternative A

This is the no action alternative, which would keep things the way they have been for the last 34 years.

 

Alternative B

This would place focus on “minimizing the human footprint on wilderness areas by reducing infrastructure constructed in the park.”

 

Alternative C

This would focus on “protecting natural resources through ecosystem restoration, including the removal of non-native species.”

 

Alternative D

This would “manage use and recreation to provide visitors with a greater range of wilderness experiences.”

 

 

NEED MORE INFO??

 

This is confusing to many and we want to help you out. That is why we dug deep into the Olympic National Park website and found the best source for information on this.

 

You can follow this link for tons of publications and resources: http://bit.ly/P2oLdn

 

DOWNLOAD THE DOCUMENT HERE: ONP_WSP_Preliminary_Draft_Alternatives_Newsletter

 

 

 

How Do I Give Feedback?

 

Attend a Meeting

 

QUINAULT

When: Wednesday, March 26th, 2014 5:00-7:00pm

Where: Quinault Lake School in Amanda Park, WA 98526

 

SHELTON

When: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 5:00-7:00pm

Where: Civic Center (Meeting Room 1) at 525 W. Cota Street. Shelton, WA 98584

 

SEATTLE

When: Thursday, April 3, 2014 5:00-7:00pm

Where: Seattle Public Library (Level 4, Room 2) at 1000 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA

 

 

 

Give Feedback Online*:

 

Quick and easy, give the National Park you opinion from the comfort of your own device. I am doing this, as well as attending meetings and suggest you do the same.

 

ONLINE FEEDBACK: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/commentForm.cfm?documentID=58015

 

*Please note: The online comment period closes on 05/17/2014 at 11:59 PM Mountain Time.

 

 

 

Remember

 

You can’t complain about the way things are unless you get engaged in the issues you find important. Give the National Park Service your opinion. They are our parks and we get to decide how best to use them.

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses so far.

  1. BARB GEORGE says:

    I very much enjoy the parks. I do feel that the park passes which are $30 should come in twos, since they allow for two vehicles, and should be made of the same material as the handicap permits. Too often our family has been stuck buying a day pass since the pass is in ‘the other car’.

    Also. The fee tacked on to the car tabs…it is a rude way of duping the public. They do not like it and are ANGERED by this tactic. I hear this all the time. I feel if there was a true option, not as it is now, there would be more dollars gathered. I wonder about a ’round up for parks’campaign. I think more people would be happy to donate a bit, to equal much. Just a thought.

    Thank you for the opportunity to address these thoughts.

  2. Martha Jaegers says:

    Please support the management approach described in Alternative B including the following provisions and modifications:

    a. prohibit the use of motorized equipment and motorized transport, such as helicopters, except for in emergencies. Ensure that research activities and other administrative functions adhere to these rules.

    b. prohibit new structures, installations and developments unless essential to protecting an untrammeled wilderness. Buildings such as the trail shelters and cabins distract from wilderness character, as these are largely artifacts of Forest Service and Park Service management on the Olympic Mountains.

    c. leave cultural resources undisturbed, and where they are threatened by natural processes, natural processes will prevail.

    d. allow natural processes to operate unimpeded. Limit human-engineered restoration activities to minor, site-specific restoration such as repairing trail or campsite damage or removing unnecessary structures.

    e. confine nature trails to the front country, do not include highly developed or interpretive trails in the Wilderness.

    Wilderness should be wild, not manufactured.

    thank you heartily.

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