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Public Invited to Review Next Steps in Draft Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan

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Date: March 11, 2014
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

The National Park Service has released a range of preliminary draft alternatives for the Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan.The preliminary draft alternatives were designed to reflect key topics raised during the initial public scoping process last spring.

"The public's review and comment at this key stage of the planning process will ensure that we are developing the best possible future for the Olympic Wilderness," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "Moreover, we want to ensure that we have accurately heard and addressed the public's comments as we move forward in developing the plan."

This planning process applies only to lands within Olympic National Park and when complete, will guide the preservation, management and use of the park's wilderness area.

"In accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964, the goal of this wilderness stewardship plan is to restore, protect and enhance the overall wilderness character of the wilderness area within Olympic National Park," Creachbaum emphasized.

The preliminary draft alternatives and maps, along with extensive background information and a copy of the public comments submitted during last year's public scoping period, can be reviewed online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/olymwild.Comments may also be submitted at that website. 

Six public workshops will be offered and are scheduled as follows. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Port Angeles Library

2210 S. Peabody Street

Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone: 360-417-8500

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


Department of Natural Resources

411 Tillicum Lane

Forks, WA 98331

Phone: 360-374-2800

Monday, March 24, 2014


Cotton Building

607 Water Street

Port Townsend, WA

Phone: 360-379-4412

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


Quinault Lake School

Amanda Park, WA 98526

Phone: 360-288-2260

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Civic Center (Meeting Room 1)

525 W. Cota Street

Shelton, WA 98584

Phone: 360-426-4441

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Seattle Public Library

Wright/Ketcham Room; Level 4, Room 2

1000 4th Avenue, Seattle, WA

Phone: 206-386-4636


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, WA98362 

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.


Did You Know?


Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.