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The Wild Olympics Coalition this week 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.

A press release from the group said that the new endorsements add to the broad local public support calling for permanent protection of the Peninsula's clean water, ancient forests and salmon streams. The new additions bring the total number of local businesses, elected officials, faith leaders & sportsmen, conservation and outdoor recreation groups to more than 550 endorsers.

The Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act was introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer last spring 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.

The new endorsements by local Olympic Peninsula business owners, county commissioners, mayors and city councilmembers from all four counties of the Peninsula were collected over the last year on two different sign-on letters addressed to Senator Murray and Rep. Kilmer. In the letters the local officials and business owners stated that:

"As local elected officials, business owners and other stakeholders representing the four counties of the Olympic Peninsula, we are writing to express our support and appreciation for the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act… Our ancient forests, rivers and streams offer priceless natural amenities that make the Northwest such a wonderful place to live, and indeed, give the Evergreen State its name. They provide clean water, scenic beauty, solitude, fish and wildlife habitat, world-class outdoor recreation opportunities and an unrivaled quality of life for our region…

"…This proposal would help protect the economic future for the Olympic Peninsula. Our streams and waterways support a vibrant fishing and shellfish industry, attract millions of dollars in tourism annually, support a thriving outdoor industry and provide clean drinking water to our residents. They provide the stunning scenery and a high "Quality of Life" that attracts entrepreneurs, new residents and investment in our communities….. These outdoor enthusiasts spend their money at local businesses on the Olympic Peninsula, stopping for gas, eating at local restaurants, finding lodging, and purchasing supplies for their day of hiking, hunting, fishing, rafting, kayaking, camping, biking, or horseback riding in these pristine areas."

….We are also thankful that this legislation has been carefully revised many times over to avoid impacting more traditional sectors of the economy like timber production. We appreciate the inclusive, three-year public process that has been embraced in the development of this legislation. The proposal strikes a balance between providing lasting and durable protection for the remaining intact watersheds on the Olympic Peninsula while preserving and enhancing existing recreational access and ensuring no impact to current timber jobs. No roads are included in the proposed Wilderness and the proposal will not impact the current Forest Service decision making process related to travel management…."

The new endorsements & Senate hearing come after Local Olympic Peninsula Economic Leaders recently announced a new partnership with REI & Patagonia to promote the Wild Olympics Campaign in REI's flagship store and on online to encourage their customers to visit the spectacular Olympic Peninsula.
 

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I wondered where all the sponsors are for this. Wherever I go on the OP all I see are the red signs proclaiming "Stop Wild Olympics." They are everywhere, and I haven't seen even one single sign or other indication to the contrary. Local support must be staying very discreet.

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I wondered where all the sponsors are for this. Wherever I go on the OP all I see are the red signs proclaiming "Stop Wild Olympics." They are everywhere, and I haven't seen even one single sign or other indication to the contrary. Local support must be staying very discreet.

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Use the hyperlink attached to the words '550 Endorsers.' They're all listed.
 

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Local residents on the Peninsula don't seem to be particularly interested in saving anything. A few years back, when it looked like then-Senator Slade Gorton was going to have to give up his campaign to interfere with the removal of the Elwha dams, it seemed like every other tree the full length of the Highway 101 loop had a sign tacked to it urging "LEAVE THE DAMS, GET RID OF THE PARK".
 

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I have been a supporter of this campaign since it's beginning. There are many supporters across the Olympic Peninsula, and many people post the signs, bumper stickers etc. The people behind this campaign are very much locals, a surprising number from the west end, Forks, etc. Just because you don't see signs posted everywhere does not mean we aren't working hard for this. The fact that this has made it this far is the real sign of our commitment.
 

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Not pointing the finger at you, Bob, or many of the other good people living on the Peninsula but you've got to admit there are large numbers of some pretty reactionary types out there who still think would be a good thing to get the "gubmint" out of their business and get on with logging the Park.
 

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Preston, The same people who fought the removal of the Elwha River dams. The same people who fought the wild steelhead harvest moratorium. The same people who don't believe in school taxes. Some people still believe that the world is flat. So what? They are in the minority. Why shine a light on them?
 

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Preston, The same people who fought the removal of the Elwha River dams. The same people who fought the wild steelhead harvest moratorium. The same people who don't believe in school taxes. Some people still believe that the world is flat. So what? They are in the minority. Why shine a light on them?
Bob is spot on.
Many folks and businesses out here have signs in support of Wild Olympics. There are some who support Wild Olympics who might be fearful of potential backlash from hardcore ******* hillbillies, and wish to keep a low profile. Actually, I don't blame them. I won't comment on the losers who are against this well-conceived proposal.
 
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