Wild Olympics Continued
under the guise of
"Wilderness Stewardship Plan"
They never seem to get the point
We do want proper management
with ONP'S staggering  $350 Million Backlog.
If we don't need it
We don't want it
We can't Afford it.

Remember the maze and time spent to develop the ONP General Management Plan; this news release is notification of the efforts to depvelop one of the key managenment tools for the Park.  But make note for your own definitions, in the GMP it calls for a Wilderness Management Plan; the title to this plan is "Wilderness Stewardship Plan"....in respectful theory a title one in the same.  But just so you don't miss that point in these early stages and something slips by you of interest.
In this go around  there doesn't appear to be very active scoping like they did for the GMP.  Though they do offer a scoping newsletter and web site to provide public comment; but I don't see the community level conversations or solicitation for interest and need.  What will be different in this process?....What might work better this time? than the very time consuming task of developing the GMP?  
Ed Bowen
Lake Ozette

Olympic National Park News Release


January 23, 2013

For Immediate Release

Barb Maynes               360-565-3005

Rainey McKenna        360-565-2985


Olympic National Park Launches Planning Process for Existing Park Wilderness;

Public Input Invited, Eight Public Workshops Scheduled

Olympic National Park invites the public to participate in developing a Wilderness Stewardship Plan to help protect and manage the designated wilderness lands within the park.

 “The Olympic Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1988 and has become one of the most popular wilderness destinations in the country,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.  “We are excited to be moving ahead with a comprehensive plan for how we protect and manage this area and are looking forward to hearing thoughts and ideas from our public.”

The plan will be developed in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964 and analyzed through an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.  In the coming weeks, a Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS will be published in the Federal Register.  The public comment period begins today and will continue for 60 days after the Federal Register notice is published.

“One of the first steps in any planning process is to learn what the public’s thoughts, questions and concerns are,” said Creachbaum.  “We welcome online and written comments and have also scheduled eight public workshops for people to share their thoughts and learn more about the plan.”

 More information about the Olympic Wilderness Stewardship Plan and planning process, including a public scoping newsletter, is available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/olymwild.  Comments may also be submitted at that website.

 Public workshops will be offered around the Olympic Peninsula

and are scheduled as follows.

February 5, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Jefferson School Gymnasium, 218 E. 12th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362

February 7, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382

February 19, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice, Sekiu, WA 98381

February 20, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Department of Natural Resources Conference Room, 411 Tillicum Lane, Forks, WA 98331

February 21, 2013, 4:00-6:00pm

Amanda Park Library, 6118 U.S. Highway 101, Amanda Park, WA 98526

March 4, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Seattle REI Flagship Store, 222 Yale Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

March 5, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Ridgetop High School, 10600 Hillsboro Drive NW, Silverdale, WA 98383

March 6, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota Street, Shelton, WA 98584


Public comments may also be mailed or delivered to: Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum

Attn:  Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Olympic National Park

600 East Park Avenue

Port Angeles, WA  98362


Ninety-five percent of Olympic National Park was designated as wilderness in 1988, and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  The Wilderness Act of 1964 established the National Wilderness Preservation System and established a policy for the protection of wilderness resources for public use and enjoyment.

 For more information or to be added to the Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan, people should visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/olymwild or call the park at 360-565-3004.

Rock of the Ages Testimonial
Recent Bad Decisions Made by Olympic National Parks Destruction on Finley Creek Watershed 

    The Olson families have occupied the Quinault, since the early settlements formed the still pristine and close knit Quinault Valley Community.
First hand generational experiences and observations have been documented (more or less written in stone) through the decades of the ONP land grabs, constant harrassments to private property owners who were forced into becoming inholders that have endured, ONP instigated condemnations and preying on the aging and  terminally ill in attempts to extend their boundries..Olympic National Park has plagued the Quinault and it's historical adjoining close knit communities of rural worship and peace in their valley for as far back as 1938.
Below is Mr. Keith Olsons weigh-in on the latest Wild Olympics Land Grab in a time when the Federal should not be acquiring land.


Critical National Park Backlog 2012

Parks Budget Remains Slender