many of you
there have been many plans and a variety of mis-information
surrounding the proposed Wild
Olympics/Wild and Scenic
plan. For those unfamiliar with
it, this plan was introduced by
Washington state U.S. Congressman Norm Dicks and U.S. Senator Patty
Murray in 2010. Green party lobbyists from Quilcene, partners
and associates with
the D.C. Pew Environmental
Group, worked closely with Washington legislators to concoct the taking
of our state lands for national ownership to create a bigger park with
extra wilderness, to add to the million acre park they already
could not take
The announcement of the Pew groups' desire to re-designate our public
Peninsula lands for a bigger park was
the attention of
peninsula residents by a whistleblower.
News came that deals were
cooking, involving the acquisition
of public recreational forestlands,
for other purposes by
federal government. Their reasoning was for Extra"
Keep in mind as you read on - Federal protection does not
realistically exist. Extra protection is an invented myth.
The plan was meant to intentionally pass under the radar unnoticed, to
shove it through congress with as little public awareness as
possible. They knew the opposition would be tremendous and would get in
the way of their agenda.
This was a plan that
would negatively affect all bordering private property owners, where
planned designations would overlap and also cut off access to the much
enjoyed open recreational lands. Quinault learned some of these areas
chosen for mock protection, were surrounding Quinault'sCommunity
as well as other areas in Grays
Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam counties.
In fact this plan would
enormously effect EVERY
Olympic Peninsula county through
the designations of Wild and Scenic Rivers alone! THE TAKING
OUR WATERS. Quinault and the other rural unincorporated
adjoining communities, were
left out of the information
The offices of Wa. states
Ex-U.S Congressman Norm Dicks (forced to resign) and both U.S.
Murray and Maria Cantwell all denied any prior collusion with the Pew
rumors of being
"caught in the wind" by the whistleblower.
In fact, we soon learned that
they had a 2 year
jump start conjuring the Land Grab with D.C's Pew
co-conspirators and congressional aids in Olympia, before meeting with
was their 1st lie.
knowledge, while collaboration with their "crowd" continued along
with pew involvement and reps, to organize the plan and be
its frontrunner to GRAB
other purposes". Other
Dicks was soon forced to
rumors of misused funds, other impropieties and cover ups.
time the congressional team brought out a
sets of maps, supposedly with
the first (courtesy of Pew
these Maps were
rendition at best. Very vague and even more intrusive.
Quinault refused to play this game of charades
by immediately nitpicking
details. It was
the consequences of
plan that concerned us:
federal park plans that never seem
change. ONP has been a continual
burden to the historical
communities of Amanda Park, Quinault, Humptulips and Clearwater
over a century!
gets serious with us at the Scam
problem with new
Management. No existing trail repair = No Trails. Catastrophic
danger made worse by "let it burn" Wilderness policies. (In
1964 the Wilderness Act was passed granting just 9.1 million acress
within 13 states) Thousands of
acres each year are consumed by
wildfires in wilderness areas. In one
year 109.5 million acres of
wilderness park in 44 states BURNED. The
wilderness rule is to "Let it Burn". The Quinault Ridge unit that is up
for designation, borders
state Hwy 101 on the west and the Colonel Bob Wilderness area on
side. The dividing road; an important access link, will be
This new unwanted wilderness, still will have cell
towers (with an access road for service trucks only) to the
top. Don't bring a bicycle, they are not allowed either within the
This is a Public Summer Recreation Area with 3 connected communities.
Wild designations will actually make any remaining
areas more congested, with
more restrictions. The exact
the environmentalists intended goals.
Or is it?
Are The Campgrounds?
-Promised since the spotted owl decision? and jobs? Visitors to the
Park have been disappointed year after year, with road and
closures, dilapidated campground repairs neglected and some without
did the funds go? We need more recreational
There is no work in the
wilderness. Our Public forest recreation areas are important to
the people who enjoy outdoor recreation. Where has the access gone? and
will it totally disappear, under the even more confiscation by federal
over-reachers? PROBABLY SO. They are well on their way already
The Colonel Bob Trail
very popular Wilderness trail located right in Quinault and closed for
over 4 years. Unable to facilitate
since a high velocity wind storm took down the
First regulations and
then protest from the
environmentalists stopped all efforts. No Chainsaws Allowed! After
years of losing tourist dollars from the impassable trail
VOLUNTEER groups after quite a struggle with crosscut saws, finally got
approval to clear the trail, WITH CHAINSAWS!
- Just off north shore road, was
2 months. short trail to the
worlds largest cedar
-Former North Shore campground on Lake Quinault, now day-use only.
falling limbs from immense cedars and Douglas firs.
important north entrance road to the railhead closed in (2011)
Permanently closed 2015?
Now lost is Pyrites
Trail, Rustler Creek
Trail, Promised Creek
Trail, Litchy Creek Trail, Tschletshy
Creek Trail, Howe Creek Trail, Finley Peak Trail.
- "Wild Olympics" purposely
plans to keep their
short walking trails outside of
wilderness designations, for the benefit of just 1 kind of user,
closures exclude all others.
Fair or selfish?
Many river bars that
provide excellent recreation and family camping may no longer be used
with "Wild and Scenic" river designations. There is
nothing in this plan for senior citizens. Sunday drives through
the back country won't be possible. The walking loop trails around
Quinault are not wheelchair accessible.
area locals enjoy visiting frequently. Road closures have already
off vast acreage for the protection of wildlife. This is another very
healthy and productive forest, with rivers and creeks that do not need
road in from Hwy101 by the Clearwater School has been cut-short and
for several years from washout. The
campground closed. West
Boundary Rd. is the only south access
into the entire upper Queets river region . The "Wild
result is that this premier
river with it's huge watershed will be inaccessible and unseen by all
very few. Queets Ridge is a
perfect example of a well managed working forest and recreation area in
harmony. Essential school trust land is lost when designated. Future
timber value would easily
the $900 million. Mineral Resources are also
June 2015 - Queets
Wilderness BURNS all summer through Sept. and consumes 2,796
acres of old growth forest.
crew was sent in to monitor the fire before it became out of hand (as
wild fires do). At that point a larger
crew could had to be mustered up and deployed. The fire
burned all the way to the top of the ridge.
Here are Photos from June while the fire is still in it's
Colonel Bob Trail-
popular Wilderness trail closed for 5 years.
with Wild and Scenic
This "ACT" authorizes
additional lands: 1/4 mile on each side of the river.
on use and access will result.
Buffer zones will
be put in place on private lands. (see
here. It is very important to understand our objections.
and Scenic Rivers
is it about The Wild and Scenic Rivers
inclusion into the Wild Olympics campaign that is troubling? Why are we
being disarmed by the "No Dams" statement,
because it is so obvious and redundant, that a river in this park would
need such protection is beyond comprehension.
Dam was removed and it is becoming obvious that a huge amount of
environmental damage has occurred sending rippling effects to many
species. The swans of the upper lake disappeared) AND PROPERTY. This is
anything BUT a non-issue, and may prove the most damaging part of it
all. NOW THERE IS A DROUGHT?
of Wild and Scenic
(from the Intra-agency
and Scenic Rivers
a legally established boundary. This
responsibility is left to the managing agency to be completed following
The Elwa Tragedy
these rivers gives them over to federal ownership
and control, and they can do anything in the world they want after
that. The river is the water and water is the most valuable commodity
in the world today. Why should the people of this state relinquish this
right of ownership? Pure deception by dishonest and corrupt
politicians. A penny per drip.
Once a river is
designated; it goes through the
process to place the sections into one of three categories: Wild,
is to be determined by the Dept. of
Interior or Agriculture depending. It specifically says: AFTER IT
DESIGNATED, then it
will then be decided in certainty.
This guarantees that anything
that is said prior to
inclusion, about whether ANY
part of ANY
to be Wild, Scenic or
Recreation, is meaningless..
They are given one
year to do this
for a management plan. Approximations mean nothing.
This is the catch:
and Scenic Rivers Act
allows itself to buy more
lands. THEY CAN NOW BUY
INDEPENDENT FROM THE WILD OLYMPICS ACT, 1/4 mile on each
of the river and if the piece of land is larger? they can buy the
whole thing with the
tallied into their limits. They can negotiate
deals easily enough. They will buy the land that
can’t be logged! Everybody
should know they are already not
allowed to log it!
Don’t they? Yet they will likely
for the timber anyway. Sweet deal. (using the Land and Water
"..an interim boundary will
be established with-in 1/4
mile of the
ordinary high water mark on each side of the river."
Will the Wild and Scenic
Act further inhibit us from protecting
boundary also defines the area in which the managing
land acquisition authority."
protection tools such
as locally adopted
and enforced zoning laws, donations of
easements to land
techniques to be used.
The Park owns the entire
Northshore of the Quinault River
the high water rule. Refer back to
W&S review: It states
that when the
govt. is in this
position it exerts full
W&S regulations on both sides
and land on South Shore and the other 18 rivers named?
department or agency of the united states shall assist by loan,
grant, license, or otherwise in the construction of any water resources
project that would have a direct and adverse effect on the values for
which such river was established."
and once again from the
preserved in a free flowing condition."
The ONP will only
admit to partial damage they caused at Finley Creek even though
they were the only ones excavating it
We've asked that they fix it and all other
ecological damage they have caused on the Olympic Peninsula. No act
should even be considered before this is done. They now have an
million maintenance backlog for ONP (2014). $12 Billion nationally and
another $11 Billion for the USFS, F&W, and BLM combined. See:Quinault
to Wild and Scenic; there
is also a CONDEMNATION
private property becomes fully encircled.”
of authority to acquire state and Indian lands."
owned by the state may be acquired only
donation or exchange."
preclude the use of condemnation to clear title
as are reasonable....necessary
to give the public access to the
to accept donations of lands and interests."
Wilderness and Wild and
Completely Encircles Us
don’t need the cost of condemnation, if the river does
it for you.
There's a bigger problem
if you live
here in Quinault
know "first hand" what a horrible mistake this would
be. The Park has been busy buying properties and demolishing
north shore for years.
why? Because the north shore was mistakenly included in the
Park survey and annexation. AN attempt to return it back to our
community in 70s' failed through a twist of fate. Ironically, a
much slimmer junior congressman Norm Dicks was involved along
Senator Jackson to pass this legislation but expiration dates ran short
and then with a new congress in a different mood; refused to ratify the
bill. See The Northshore
South Shore of the Quinault River ONP deliberately
destroy a wonderful wetlands/habitat
area and still will not publicly acknowledge their responsibility.
Hydrological reports by the Quinault Indian Nation scientists have
established this connection as FACT. The Alluvial fan function of
Finley was/is disturbed and creating the mess downstream. South Shore
suffering the results and because it was on private
property; no-one would help to save it or seriously consider our urgent
pleas. State agencies refused. An
ounce of prevention is worth a pound
of cure. Homeowners here were
further prevented from removing
needed more help to get sections of the river bank fortified by rock
also denied. Meanwhile, the united homeowners took matters into their
own hands (risking
lined the critically damaged banks with huge spruce logs tops which
the rising waters, their limbs fanning the torrential currents. After
several years and nothing but "studies", was there a
cure? Only a possibility of one. A $100+ million restoration
restoration project for the
whole river that will take decades and results wont be known for a
ONP alters the natural watershed for their
benefit on the north side of the Quinault River to the
the south side. This
is what has
essay Documents of proof
changed the course of the Quinault
for information concerning this 15 year excavation project. We have
discovered they over
extended their usage permit and that much of the work was also done on
permits. What happens if you do that?
story is; no-one but the park
puts a D9 Cat in the creek bed,
changes the river. Lost
Residents And Their History Will Be Removed Next
If The Wild
Olympics Act Becomes Law
story: From the book Rain Forest by
have been permitted to publish this
wonderful account about the
"other time" back in '38 when the pioneers were run
homesteads to make the Park and given what was a "pittance
property", according to her
daughter, Phyllis Miller, a lifetime
resident of Amanda Park.
An Economic Disaster for
all affected areas
Magazine did a study
National Park News
New Wilderness Stewardship Plan
there in opposition
They never steward much, will be counting the crushed
dandelions trammeled by use, assessing
trends and limiting
access. That is the Wilderness Plan. WE suspect it to be
expensive as NO LOCAL JOBS will be created, NO new trails opened; which
will be in
agreement with responsibilities to the UN as a World Heritage Site and
Biosphere. They deny this. Just as they denied it in the past.
WE are pleased to learn re-locating
is NOT part of the plan here at this time. Transporting Wolves however
has been implemented in other parts of the NW and have already been
sited in the north cascades. It doesn't take long for packs to breed
and proceed, creating havoc and decimating the decreasing
Everyone wants a
Park! 1 Million Acres of Park Wilderness is clearly enough; expanding
the boundaries, or creating additional wilderness will be a critical
detriment for its protection.
Will Wild and Scenic Rivers have no
impact on the ONP; as the Wild Olympics supporters claim? You will
learn that it will be disastrous, as it impacts all the rural
communities, the property rights of homeowners and more than likely
will wreck more environment. Washington State has even
passed a law prohibiting the picking of wild berries on public access
land w/o a permit of course.
and heed. It not just happening in
Economic Catastrophes caused by Federal Land Control
A New Scam! - Sept
NO PHOTOS ALLOWED in the WILDERENESS
Quinault they will all be
the same place, with no place to go!
Campground space is very limited,
get sold out (in summer
activities are restricted.
You are offered a short gravel packed nature trail where one can dream
of being in a primeval wilderness whilst viewing a hillside decimated
with blown down rotting timber. You may even succeed in deceiving
yourself that this is old-growth timber! Then
refuse bags will be discarded, gas might be bought and
tourists will drive on to the next corporate
offering. Where will all the unhappy campers go?
Who and What Will The Park
see the Wilderness"? ....."You won't have
your car, because the park says it will bring the Wilderness
to you"! They will soon boast the loop trails have all been
designations.... But you will be able to comfortably
walk a short 1
trail into the Olympic National Rain Forest for your big adventure into
few workers in Quinault
are mostly seasonal
and no longer qualify for
benefits .... Corporate Aramark
who bought out our beautiful once locally
owned and operated Lake
instituted an order to reprimand employees who
discuss the controversial issue of "Wild
Olympics" with inquiring
guests who have seen our STOP signs.
are Partners of the Park" says Aramark;
striving to become a monopoly for
Park accommodations, as with
and National Parks nationwide.
is an historical land mark in our local pioneer community. Since it's
construction in 1926 it served as a roost for outdoor
visiting the Quinault area. Our Lodge always provided warmth and
welcoming by locals that were employed there.
one former employee put it. "We love
Lodge. We just don't like what Aramark came in and has done to it".
took out our Pioneer and Native American furnishings and
it. I don't know. They removed it's character and the cultural arts it
proudly represented over the years and now
promotes only the Park. It's a whole different feeling". You
still enjoy the beautifully hand built fireplace, but the
and natural atmosphere in the lobby is missing. It transformed into
more of a hotel
then the cozy get-a-way, that made it so popular.
compassion local residents have for this landmark and
it's history is by no means to be taken lightly.
Threats to Our Peninsula Public Lands
Natures Conservancy quietly makes yet another land deal with Rayonier
and grabs 2,300
prime forest resource land on Queets Ridge for preservation
leaves the tax infrastructure.
Natures Conservancy (TNC)
now owns many parcels on the Olympic Peninsula for these same purposes.
Preservation and experimentation on their TAX EXEMPT properties.
Olympic Peninsula lands? Just say no
of the Clearwater parcel
acquire this? - GOVT GRANTS
WILL EVENTUALLY EXCEED THIS LANDS VALUE
And History Will
annual pioneer celebrations on the
may not be allowed. This celebration has been a tradition for over 100
loss of these productive lands would disrupt the sustainable harvest
cycles that have taken the last 30 yrs to develop, since the
GROW TREES! A
natural cycle for renewable future resources forever. Mismanagement
burned down shelters to be replaced with
improper trail construction. A proverbial Smoking Gun
of criticisms! and more environmental
damage by ONP
of many this year. Why should the
NP buy land from the government granted Cascade
Land Conservancy? Thats not right. They bought it for conservation
reasons didn't they?
let Cascade pay to
another land swap
Quilcene. It's all like a big
checkerboard, or is it a sleight of hand "pea in the shell" game?
National Parks Traveler
describes the La Push land swap.
785 acres for the tribes safety (we were all for that part)
the 4100 acres was not tribal land. It
work that way. So much for so little? A very strange set of accounting
procedures by Miss Cantwell and the ONP. Do
you think they are
happy about giving up
beach? Guaranteed on down the line they will regret allowing government
people around Lake Crescent aren't
too happy. SB3222
These homeowners are getting
the same squeeze put on them.
this particular 4100
acres land grab? Cantwell/Dicks proposed to help the Tribe,
why must this be at their
Acres of Olympic Peninsula public land;
gobbled, grabbed, and
Checkerspot Butterfly. This
courtesy transfer is from
a military base In California?
Pearl Rains Hewett - Read On
Respectfully and Rightfully Requested
complete list of any currently found environmental threats including
the Finley Watershed.
not fully admit to their errors in the 15 years of excavation in Finley
creek (watershed runoff) into the Quinault. Destroying while
claim to be preserving. Bull
trout habitat was almost destroyed
their neglect of their fatal error.
it alls" refuse
to take the blame. They've blamed it on logging.
overlay map of the
roads and trails,
define areas of the decommissioned
decommissioning and open
complete data survey of
these areas in question
have accurately disputed their proposed boundary
claims; that areas available for tree thinning would
not be included. THEY
have been found by our experts.
vague claims by
unsuitable, as a basis for government regulations that restrict the
freedom of access
to public lands. The negative
impacts on the economies of
communities will be a disaster.
Quinault is hit hard and being punished for our resistance
the creation of the
Olympic National Park, the federal government uses tactics to force in-holders
to become "willing
might better be explained here. Willing
we ask for relief, instead we get