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, the Wild Olympics Campaign reached out to local stakeholders to build support, listen to concerns, and get feedback on the draft proposal. Campaign members 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. To read about the issues that were addressed, click on this link.
On June 4, 2015, Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer introduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Read more.
May 8, 2019: U.S. Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer reintroduced the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Read more.
July 10, 2019: Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of New Local Support through House Hearing. 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.