"PROPOSED PURPOSE OF
“WILD OLYMPICS CAMPAIGN"
Designated “Wild and
Scenic Rivers Act”
Quinault Land Grab
Outlined and numbered below
are Pews campaign’s visionary dreams
The reasons why
we in Quinault are against this
outrageous demand of our working, private and
recreational properties and the fate of our future existence.
1. WO want: Protection of
clean pristine waters
Clean water and pristine conditions have always existed
in our already protected
wilderness areas and continue to exist now, EXCEPT when the Park
along with other Government agencies cause reverse actions
against nature, that work to destroy our delicate
eco-system. Rather then protecting our valuable fish and wildlife
habitat by properly managing these rampant undercutting Olympic
rivers, they are left to “run wild”, to dam up with
jams of destruction. By ignoring the dangerous
impacts mother nature can and does bring in these heavy watershed
areas, letting rivers “run wild” actually defeats the
purpose of keeping pristine conditions. As rivers
reroute themselves around these log jams they also rip through acres
off habitat lands (some treed) eroding away existing land and
clouding the rivers with mud, silt and debris. By making it illegal to
remove potentially hazardous and destructive log jams that keep the
rivers within their banks it sometimes causes reverse reactions, by
cutting through everything in it’s path on
it’s way downstream.
Reason for not allowing the log jam
removal? WOOD CHIPS IN THE RIVER!!!!
chips from log jam removal, verses acres of land and trees going down
stream? They chose to sacrifice land loss and trees over
sawdust/woodchips on the river bars.
WO want: To provide
“World Class Recreation”
How are wild and
scenic rivers going to provide world class recreation? Once designated
“wild and scenic” they become off limits and unusable for
Wild, scenic and untouchable by man. Do they mean viewable
recreation from a campground? All the campgrounds in our area
have been decommissioned., closed or removed. Do they dream of new
facilities? No facilities in wild and scenic. Right?????
(according to law
there shouldn’t be). No funds to upgrade or build new campgrounds
etheir. Most wilderness areas will also be OFF LIMITS. Take
a long good look at the beautiful professionally taken rainforest
photographs displyed by WO's because that is the only way you'll be
able to see this wilderness. Most access will be DENIED.
& Scenic Rivers can cause devastation when mother nature creates
unpredicted havoc. Under "Wild and Scenic" layers of government
bureaucracies prevent actual prevention.
Letting a river "run wild" into and over populated areas as
well as animal habitat areas can cause dangerous and destructive damage
to wildlife and humans as well. False
recreation campgrounds promises, just like we did NOT see
materialize on the last
land Grab Scam
3. WO want: “To
provide inspiration and solitude”
It’s already here and always will be to enjoy, if we are allowed
to keep it that way. Locking up access is NOT the answer. It’s
what we already have instead of neglecting it. Neglect causes problems
and that is what we continue to see happening. The fate of most
lands in question are better left in the hands of the people that
carved out this valley, rather then government controlling
bureaucracies and conservation groups who don't live here. Because
this is a beautiful
place, shouldn’t mean it should be taken away for
weekend looky loos and kayak enthusiasts.
respect our Ouinault Area and that is why we chose to build our lives
and work here. If we didn’t care you wouldn’t be here
enjoying it today. How would you feel if this happened in your
neighborhood? Would you want to lose everything and be disregarded and
4. WO want: "To provide jobs and boost the
Jobs? What kind of
jobs are they dreaming of? Temporary road decommissioning jobs?
TEMPORARY? Construction of no-no campgrounds? and with what
money? Forest service volunteer
jobs? or our tax dollars $$$$$$ ??????? National Park is a national
expense. That means YOUR tax dollars too! Placing more debt out
of the pockets of our nations people on park wilderness exspansion in a
economy is not a responsible
USFS does not have money to
spend for doing the job they are paid to do,
so local jobs WE were
outsourced to volunteer youth groups. These groups currently take care
of lite small trail maintenance for the forest service around their
corporate partner neighbors who currently own Lake Quinault Lodge (Aramark).
Putting more local jobs out of reach for those areas that were promised
to us. There are only a handful of businesses left to provide jobs here
in Quinault and no place to establish new businesses if our lands
are taken away for wilderness designation. Who will really benefit
economically? The federal
government? The park with an entry gate fee? Hardly enough to pay
the gate keeper or will that job be outsourced to an electronic credit
card/cash taking machine that spits out tickets? No funds there.
BUT our forestlands and park are FULL of resources and "Iron Clad"
deeds make no difference. We are at war with many countries now
because the US Fed thinks our government should own resources that
don't belong to them.
What makes you think they won't sell ours for their "take us for our
money" deficit they created?
Wild and Scenic rivers and
added Park Wilderness creating jobs, is a
VERY weak argument and an imaginary vision of an economic booster. If
set in place this would
strip away our existing jobs, force school closure and devour our
community. “Kick-um while their down”. Is this the American
way? Apparently THEY think so.
5. WO want: "To
provide Critical Habitat for Salmon, Steelhead and a variety of Fish
We have witnessed here in the
Quinault valley over the past 30 + years atrocious mismanagement by
Government agencies as well as over all Washington State
rivers with their “let them run naturally” law. This
prevented ANYONE from putting in or removing ANYTHING within the
rivers. Detrimental log jams were prevented from being
removed and in turn caused unrecoverable damage and loss of
historical and valuable wetlands, which harbored waterfowl, fish and
The Park is also guilty of redirecting
river directly and violently to the Private and Public land
sector (South Shore) side taking out a residence along with
massive land swallows, wiping out salmon habit, huge trees and clogging
the river with smothering silt. This was for our own good? And
benefit of eco system balancing? And saving the Salmon? These NOW GONE
lands had pre- existed ever since the first families carved out this
valley to settle and live compatibly with nature; families who endured
many hardships along the way.
Habitats of both wildlife and human life have suffered severally
the damage created by our governments abusive policies. The Quinault
Salmon population is on a steady decline.
who reside here have witnessed first hand, year after year the
destruction of these historical pristine lands they claim they are
protecting. The fish, foul and wildlife have greatly dwindled
because of it.
We know when enough is enough.
We live here.
WORKING WILD OLYMPICS
COALITION POSITION STATEMENT AND VISION
is behind “Wild Olympics Campaign”?
The “Wild Olympics Campaign”
was slyly crafted by environmentalists for the purpose of conservation
and preservation. They want an “iron clad” deed of
protection for our already protected Olympic National Park plus 200,000
added acres of land along with wild and scenic river designations.
“iron clad” when it comes to deeds with the Federal
Government. In time of national crisis they can sell off our national
parks and forests lands to pay off national deficits. $$$$$ ?????? We
trusted them with our money and look what happened. A $16 trillion
national debt and still spending. Do we want to trust them with our
natural resource lands? Revenue and resources taken out and away from
Washington state? NO WE DON’T.
What gives these
“enviro’s” the right to disregard and discard,
the compassion, sweat and livelihoods it took for these families (some
of who still reside here) who invested in the care and stewardship of
the very ground they walk on here today? "It’s
a paradise” they say.
We agree and want to keep it that way for ALL to enjoy, but now these out of
towners want to take
control for their own use and visions. They want the federal
government to hold their hands while doing so. These enviro's can't
seem to grow up and be responsible adults without being lead by a leash
or holding hands with "authority". Lost souls that lack self guidence.
It's a big wild country out here and they can't seem to feel
comfortable without it.
If you don't like it the way it is we suggest you stay home!
Are we asking for their backyards? behind their houses? Should we have
the right to go close off PUBLIC areas surrounding their homes?
and cut off access to their PUBLIC parks and neighborhoods?
Should we claim wear, tear and filth on their concrete roads and
sidewalks because the runoff eventually ends up polluting our
environment? Should we push them out of the geographical choice
they chose to buy into? work and reside in? Their wants, from
someone else’s sweat, for one or 2 weekends out of the year.
Who do they
think they are?
They are a clique of “self
doers” that have no regard for lives beyond their own.
Weekend meddlers funded by elite environmental clubs (Pew/Sierra club
etc.) They are well
funded, with expensive lawyers and web masters. They can afford to pay
professional photographers to give you views you will never
be able to experience once they
lock-up the land. They hire professional journalists to candy
coat their words and draw you into believing this is a last chance to
save our valuable eco system, before we as residents destroy it.
wouldn’t be wanting it today if there was any truth to their
State has always grown
can’t seem to handle that fact of life. Our coastal region is wet
and temperate. Ideal for a large diversity of species. Our future newly
planted forest lands will no longer be available for our children and
grandchildren to work in and enjoy. The funds from these lands
will no longer stay in our state once the Federal Government gets
ownership. This is an atrocious amount of money to be spending on
park expansion when our population, both state and nationwide, are
struggling for “Cheerios” on the table. HOWEVER it is just
a drop in the
bucket compared to the valuable
natural resources and land that is rich enough to produces tree
and over again.
A detrimental vision for the future of Washington
State and our working, thriving sustainable, renewable
$900 million Federal Land Grab
Of Wild Olympics Land Grab Proposal