Wild Olympics 2021 Bill is Dead!
The 2022 Wild Olympics Bill failed again! Now for the 11th time.
STOP Wild Olympics was a success!
Their several attempts failed as the Bill was first stripped out of the National Defense Act. Then they attempted, to create a Lands Bill, it did not get support. The last ditch effort, to attach it to the Nation's Budget, was defeated as the year ended.
Enchanted Valley Chalet under attack again by the Park to "Dismantle and Remove". They have filed a 106 Process to ONLY hear their Alt. B They have gathered "Concerned Parties" to a virtual monthly meeting process and May 19th was the first one. These are the low lights below. June 8th is the next one. Sites to relocate the Chalet too, is the only Agenda item they will hear. Our representative at the meeting will recommend sites for us. So far, we have Graves Creek Campgrounds, Bunch Fields, Kestner Homestead (despite their hokey reasons why not too), Camp Kiwanis, Olson Family Farm (they had it built, before the Park was created and forced them out), Quinault Museum (tear down the useless USFS buildings, and place across the Road), Norwood Site (former USFS Ranger Station and neglected building) and ...................................?
Any other ideas?
We are Objecting to this Preferred Alt. B 106 Process and continue to fight to keep it at its current location. The WA State Office of Historical Places is also Objecting and strongly Opposing any relocation. They stopped the destruction last time, and that allowed it to be moved away from the river. The river is now threatening it again. Supporters of Removing are: the Quinault Nation, the Wild Olympics (who infiltrated the meeting and were allowed to speak by the Park, despite the ground rules). A federal Govt. Advisory Committee, part of the 106 Process, is involved and appears to be on our side of not moving it. We are ONLY submitting alt. locations to be at the table and continue to Object to any part of this Agenda to remove it.
* The Olympic National Park's Preferred Alternative: B - Dismantle and Remove *
• Large, heavy materials removed by helicopter
• Native materials: some placed in small piles, burned onsite; other portions removed by helicopter; remainder left to decompose
• 11-12 days/80 hours of helicopter use
• No in water work
• Remaining historic materials may be salvaged for Park’s
• One year to complete
Temporary trail and camp area closures museum collections within flight zone and Enchanted Valley during helicopter use
*** Alternatives Considered ***
A • No Action
B • Dismantle and remove
C • Relocate to another location on the terrace
*** Alternatives Considered but Dismissed ***
• Burn in place as is, or dismantle, remove unburnable materials via pack or pack stock, and burn all burnable materials in place
• Set in place in its current location on a new, natural foundation
• Move to the forested low ridge surface upslope of the proposed location in alt C
• Move to another wilderness location outside the EV or dismantle and rebuild it in another location within the EV, but not on the river terrace where it currently resides
• Move to Kestner Homestead or to another historic district in the park
•Dismantle and reconstruct in a frontcountry location in the park
• River channel modification or bank stabilization
• Use for recreational purposes
The Hoh River is already wild and protected. We don't need a Wild and Scenic River Designation that adds layers of restrictions and can be expanded down river on to private property in the future.
W&S Rivers are a warm and fuzzy for the land grab attempts of Wild Olympics, but is a cancer that can spread and effect everyone.
STOP Wild Olympics Bill again in 2022!
(Photo by Dani Andrews Photography)
Working Wild Olympics
STOPPED these Bills:
Wild Olympics 2022 Bill ~ frustrated supporters of their 10 years of failed attempts, have confirmed they will try and sneak it thru in an Omnibus Bill this spring.
When this collection of pet bills that can't pass on their own, gets dragged together, we are prepared to strip it out again.
A Take Action Alert when it's created, will give you a voice in helping stop this land grab attempt for the 11th time.
**Update** Dec 27th ~ I talked to Ken, the owner of this beautiful land, and he wants to rebuild this bridge and stay and thrive on the place he loves. He has plans for the design and some sources to bring it together. However, he will need commercial haul permits from the Park to make it happen and the law states.........they SHALL grant these permits. History has proven different outcomes with various Fed Judges rulings. We want to help him accomplish his desires and we will be meeting with him soon. Thanks for all the support so far and expect it will be needed even more as we progress.
End of an Era......................................
A private landowner inside Olympic National Park on the Quinault has lost their access to their home, as the Park does everything they can to harass the remain few properties to give up and leave.
Our new Foundation, we are forming with our 68 acres of timberlands, is going to help these remaining citizens fight to keep what is rightfully theirs, and flip the scene, and make life miserable for the Park instead. The homeowners will now be on the offense instead of the defense. Look forward to starting to level the playing field and then to our advantage. I have homesteader blood in me as my Mom's family were one of 100 on the Queets before the Park Expansion forced them out.
It's already wild
We don't need to make it wilderness and restrict public access.
Wild Olympics Con-game
Oppose Wild Olympics ~ 250,000 acres of restrictive designations in Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers.
STOP the land grab! ~ Keep the land working for All to enjoy!
Wild Olympics Con-game
Wild Olympics is currently on it's 6th year of trying to permanently lockup over 250,000 acres of the Olympic Peninsula forest land and rivers in Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Designations. Five times we have successfully defeated these Bills in Congress. We will continue to STOP Wild Olympics land grab attempts and expose the Con-game they try.
Wilderness Designation ~ 126,000+ acres
The most restrictive of all land use designations. Would permanently lock up the forest to all "mechanized uses", anything motorized.......vehicles, chainsaws, bicycles, strollers..... These 126,000 acres of Forest Service Land has 65 miles of existing roads used for public access and they would be blocked, piled and destroyed with the Wild Olympics support.
Wild & Scenic Rivers ~ 125,000+ acres
Designate 24 rivers Wild & Scenic would restrict the use of the waterways and the land for 1/4 mile on either side of the rivers. Eliminating motorized use to fisherman and recreationers, while limiting foot access by restricting roads and trails within 1/4 mile.
This Con-game destroys public access, not enhancing or creating more as they try and con-vince the public to drink their wild oly kool-aid.
Public Access Matters
First they came for the Loggers, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Logger.
Then they came for the Miners, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Miner.
Then they came for the Anglers, and I did not speak out—
Because I did not fish.
Then they came for the Recreationist, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a camper, mountain-biker or horsemen.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.