Wild Olympics Campaign –The Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society is a participating member of the Wild Olympics Campaign, a coalition working to protect watersheds on the Olympic Peninsula. These forests and rivers provide local communities with clean water, unmatched outdoor recreation opportunities and sustain our outstanding Peninsula way of life. These natural treasures are vital to the health of Hood Canal and Puget Sound and are critical habitat for wildlife, steelhead and salmon.
For five years, we reached out to local stakeholders to build support, listen to concerns, and get feedback on our draft proposal. We met with timber interests, local elected officials, Tribes, conservation groups, backcountry horsemen, mountain bikers, businesses, shellfish growers, community leaders, sport and commercial fishermen and other local residents. To address stakeholder concerns, several refinements have been made since the original proposal.
- The final revisions ensure no impact to timber jobs.
- Protects rivers and streams vital to the future of Washington’s shellfish industry. Washington State shellfish growers support jobs for hundreds of area residents and provide an estimated $270 million economic impact statewide.
- Proposal carefully designed to protect and grow local and state outdoor recreation industry.
- Wild and Scenic River Designation typically protects and enhances recreational use on the river, boosting local outdoor recreation economy.
- Safeguards sources of clean drinking water for area residents and protects taxpayer investments in habitat restoration.
- Helps attract new residents, entrepreneurs and investment that create local jobs and grow the local economy.
Press Release June 4, 2015: Broad Coalition Cheers Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2015
The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer to permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries, a total of 464 river miles, as Wild and Scenic Rivers. If enacted, the legislation would designate the first new wilderness on Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. Read more.
Press Release April 18, 2016: Local Endorsements Increase for Wild Olympics as Senate Holds Bill Hearing
The Wild Olympics Coalition today unveiled over 100 new endorsements from local Olympic Peninsula elected officials and businesses rallying behind the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. The growing support comes as the U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee will hold the first Congressional hearing for the bill. Read more.
The Wild Olympics Campaign coalition members: American Rivers, American Whitewater, The Pew Environment Group’s Campaign for America’s Wilderness, North Olympic Group – Sierra Club, Olympic Forest Coalition, Olympic Park Associates, Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society, The Mountaineers, Sierra Club, and Washington Wilderness Coalition.