ABERDEEN, Wash. - The Aberdeen workshop to build a stewardship plan for the Olympic Wilderness has been scheduled for March 26th at city hall. Deputy Superintendent Todd Seus tells us "What this is doing is really taking the concerns of the public and putting it into actions."
The Wilderness designation covers over 95% of the Olympic National Park "...from beach, to rainforest, to alpine. So how do we create a plan that's dealing with what the public wants, in a sustainable way, all within the Wilderness Act?" Seus added that input from the meetings has ranged from more roads, more access, and more maintenance, to less of each..
The Aberdeen workshop will be help from 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM at city hall, on March 26th.
The department is taking public comment until April 23rd, and has filed notice of their intent to draft an environmental impact statement for the stewardship plan, for details visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov
Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
The Olympic Wilderness was established by Congress on November 16, 1988. This outstanding resource is one of the most diverse wilderness areas in the United States. The Olympic Wilderness is made up of the rugged Olympic Mountains, temperate rainforest valleys, and wild coastline, including beaches, tide pools and coastal rainforest. Olympic is also one of the most popular wilderness destinations in North America, with nearly 40,000 overnight wilderness visitors each year.
Today, you play an important role in protecting this wilderness heritage. We are beginning the development of a Wilderness Stewardship Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. This newsletter is intended to provide you with information about the planning effort and to invite you to participate in the planning process. By sharing your ideas and opinions about how the park's wilderness area should be managed, you can help us shape its future.
Thank you for your interest in Olympic National Park. We look forward to hearing from you!
Sarah Creachbaum, Superintendent
Olympic National Park