April 1, 2014 APRIL FOOLS!
In a statement issued by both Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum and Department of Interior officials, Olympic National Park, the 5th most visited National park in America will allow logging to resume with the park boundaries. Starting this month, permits will be issued to those interested in harvesting pristine old growth timber.
The permits, issued by the Department of Interior, will be expensive, starting at $1,000 a tree. When asked about the high price per tree, officials explained that the price of a permit is actually quite inexpensive. Estimates for an average old growth cedar start at $5,000, which nets $4,000 for local loggers and their communities.
Due to lack of funding by a Congress that can’t get anything right, Olympic National Park has been forced to take drastic measures to continue to stay open for public use. Citing the 2013 Government shutdown as one of the key motivators to the reinstitution of creating a new source of revenue for the parks, logging will be the most beneficial to the park, as well as to the small communities around the Olympic Peninsula.
Estimated to bring in more than three million dollars to the parks budget each year, Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum says that “the visual impact of logging should not detract away from visitor’s experiences.”
“People come here for the visitor centers and the beaches” Sarah Creachbaum said at a press conference this morning, “Visitors may even find that the removal of the old growth timber in the rainforest will provide them with a better visual experience.”
Citing safety reasons, the National Park Service hopes that removing precious timber in the park will help keep hikers safe while on the trails. Recently, the Kalaloch Giant Cedar split in half and fell, prompting park officials to close the trail out of fear another tree might fall.
Logging in the Park will be limited, only impacting the Hoh and Elwha regions. However, if more funding is needed, the Quinault and Sol Duc rivers will be the next areas to get the axe.
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