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Alert: A Future for Olympic National Park

Eventhough Olympic National Park is in WA, and not OR, comments are needed to let the officials know why it is not okay to rape the forest more than they have. The Olympic National Park has part of the temperate rainforest that runs down the Pacific coast of North America. It is one of the most lush, green, diverse, and beautiful places in the world! If you have never seen it, i highly recommend it, esp if they are going to rape and pillage it even more than they have. Please be kind and take a moment to send them a comment. Thank you!
#152 WILD NORTHWEST, September 24, 2006

A Message from Conservation Northwest

=====Keeping the Northwest Wild=====


Help Shape a Future for Olympic National Park
Urge protection for wild rivers, native wildlife, and old-growth forests



As people in the Northwest well know, Olympic National Park is a rare wilderness jewel, harboring towering ancient forests, a distinct array of plants and animals, and some of the richest salmon runs outside of Alaska . Yet logging, development, and illegal hunting constrict park boundaries, and many of the park's fish and wildlife species have become threatened over the past two decades. Eight are listed under the Endangered Species Act; another 15 are classified as "species of concern." Some natives, like the gray wolf and Pacific fisher, have disappeared from the park.

Unfortunately the Olympic National Park's new Draft General Management Plan, which sets management directions for the next 15 to 20 years, gives scant attention to these issues. Instead, the Park Service's vision, expressed in its preferred alternative (alternative D) is one of expanded campgrounds, increased development, and protecting roads instead of salmon.

You can help shape the future of Olympic National Park. Urge the Park Service to set as its highest priorities preserving the park's natural systems, restoring its threatened wildlife, and protecting its integrity as a world-class wilderness.

Deadline for comments is September 30, 2006. For quick action visit our action center,

 link to www.democracyinaction.org

Or write to:
Olympic National Park Draft General Management Plan
National Park Service
Denver Service Center
P.O. Box 25287
Denver , CO 80225
Fax: 303-969-2736
Email:  olym_gmp@nps.gov

Other points you can make:

Commend the Park Service for proposing intertidal reserves along the Olympic coast and wilderness study for Lake Ozette .
Support Park efforts, described in alternative B, to fully protect the Lake Ozette and Crescent Lake watersheds, and the Queets, Quinault, and Hoh River systems through land acquisition, but not trade.
Urge the Park Service to emphasize recovery for threatened, endangered, and sensitive species and their habitat, and control of invasive and non-native plants and animals.
Request that all decisions relating to wilderness be deferred until a comprehensive wilderness management plan is completed and available for public review.
Urge the agency to establish river protection zones to ensure critical salmon habitats and natural river processes are preserved as proposed in alternative B, and to recommend all 13 eligible rivers, including the Elwha, for federal Wild and Scenic River designation.
Request that developed areas be kept at their current size as described in alternative A. New recreational developments are best located outside the national park.
Visit the Park Service for more on the plan,  http://parkplanning.nps.gov/olym

For a detailed analysis visit  http://www.olympicparkassociates.org and click on "newsletter" for their current issue

To learn more about ongoing Conservation Northwest plans to restore fisher to the peninsula, go to

 http://www.conservationnw.org/wildlife-habitat/pacific-fisher

Thank you for keeping the Northwest wild!

Conservation Northwest

1208 Bay Street #201

Bellingham, WA 98225



Visit us online at www.conservationnw.org.