is the difference between the Forest Service, the National Park
Service, Department of Wildlife Resources and State Parks?
The Forest Service manages the national forests and
grasslands, forestry research and cooperation with forest managers on
State and Private Lands. The Forest Service is dedicated to
multiple-use management for the sustained yield of renewable resources
such as water, forage, wildlife, wood and recreation. Multiple-use
means managing resources under the best combination of uses to benefit
the American people while ensuring the productivity of the land and
protecting the quality of the environment.
The National Park Service
focuses on preservation. They
preserve unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of
the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration
of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with
partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource
conservation and outdoor recreation.
State Parks are similar to National Parks but are
managed on a state level and can have fewer restrictions.
Department of Wildlife
Resources (DWR) can be under state or federal management.
State DWRs handle fishing and hunting permits while
federal DWRs Manage wildlife that crosses state boundaries such as
migratory birds and whales.
DNR The Washington Department of
Natural Resources (DNR) manage
over 3,000,000 acres (12,000 km2) of
forest, range, agricultural,
and commercial lands for the people of
Washington State. DNR also manages 2,600,000 acres (11,000 km2)
of aquatic areas which include shorelines, tidelands, lands under Puget
Sound and the coast, and navigable
lakes and rivers. Part of DNR's management responsibility includes
monitoring of mining cleanup, environmental restoration, providing
scientific information about earthquakes, landslides and ecologically sensitive areas. DNR
also works towards conservation, in the form of Aquatic Reserves.
The main sources of funds for the
department's activities are forestry
and geoduck harvesting,
rather than taxes. In addition, the State uses revenue generated from
DNR-managed lands to fund
the construction of public schools, colleges, universities and other
government institutions, and county and state services.
The Bureau of Land
Management (BLM) is an agency within the United
States Department of the Interior which administers America's public lands,
totaling approximately 253 million acres (1,020,000 km2), or
one-eighth of the landmass of the country.
The BLM also manages 700 million acres (2,800,000 km2) of
subsurface mineral estate underlying federal, state and private lands.
Most public lands are located in western states, including Alaska. With
approximately 10,000 permanent employees and close to 2,000 seasonal
employees, this works out to over 21,000 acres (85 km2)
per employee. Its budget is US$ 960,000,000 for 2010 ($3.79 per
surface acre, $9.38 per hectare).
The BLM's stated mission; is to
sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the public lands for
the use and enjoyment of present
and future generations.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manages
245 Million acres
US Forest Service manages 193 Million acres
Park Service Manages 84 Million acres
DNR manages 3 Million
The HIGH RISE of inflation in 2012 allows
even less $$$ available for land management per acre
no matter who manages it. The difference is;
DNR focuses on
distribution of these lands within our State to maintain a balanced
level, so employment, recreation and conservation can perpetualy
provide for much needed opportunities and secure
state funding .
The U.S. Forest Service can create
jobs that in turn allow the economy as a whole grow. Lots of jobs in
the forest, providing there is funding to allow this agency to flourish.
National Park-focuses on visual and
interpitational opportunities to Hear and SEE. Affording maintenence has been
an ongoing problem since the parks creation here in the Olympics.
Climate is the biggest draw back. We are the wettest climate in
the world. Most travelers are looking for a drier more compatible
climate to get out into. All year climates DO profit heavily on
tourism. They also leave an even heavier footprint.
BUT Olympic Park never has been profitable and making it bigger
makes no sense. It won't change anything. Guests pay their Fee
don't spend much money because, guests do not stay here for long.
As soon as the rain starts, they get in their cars and are gone!
have to have plenty of
"rugged" in you, to conquer a climate and terrain such as the Olympics.
It's Back Country wilderness here around Quinault and a very
percentage of the tourist population fits into that catagory.
Country Packers (who we welcome) do not spend much money. They are
truley out for the wilderness experience where money is a non
essential. There is NO money to be made in or around wilderness
PARKS AND TOURISM HERE - WILL NOT SUPPORT
Now don't get us wrong. We agree. Parks are
wonderful places. Our enormous 1.5 million acre Olympic National
Park is indeed a "special place". We are ALL happy to have it available
to enjoy. We believe that big enough park boundries, were already put in place years ago.
Plenty of usable and preserved area for both
visitors and wildlife habit alike. BUT Park lands are far less
profitable and are economic "drainers" rather then "feeders".
We all have dreams of becoming a strong, economically stable
and prospering country again. Unfortunately our U.S. and local economic
stability has deteriorated. The world is a much larger place now.
Parks and amusments are basically no longer affordable and a larger
park does not replace the infratructures that support them or the
jobs it takes to afford to visit them.
Our advice to these Enviromental Groups
that are here to place rules on our land is;
If you are worried about running out of
STOP HAVING CHILDREN
You are adding to the emense problem of over population
Who are the real threats to our furure?
We are not here to bail these urbanites out of
the messes they have created for themselves.
STOP THE WHINING
STOP WILD OLYMPICS
Keep these "Special Interest" groups
in their own neighborhoods
if they can't appreciate what they
and the efforts the local rural communities have put forth
in keeping the Quinault Valley as beautiful as you see it today.