Commentary on Wild Olympics Campaign

WILD OLYMPICS CAMPAIGN
TO CLALLAM COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, NORM DICKS AND PATTY MURRAY
The George C. Rains Sr. family has lived in Clallam County for over 90 years.
In 1986 my father George C. Rains Sr. owned 3000 acres of land in Clallam County.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE WILD OLYMPICS CAMPAIGN BEING PROPOSED AND THE HISTORIC WILDERNESS OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK 
IS SEVERELY RESTRICTED PUBLIC ACCESS AND PUBLIC USE OF A MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND.
 

Let history speak for it’s self
Our family owned part of Sol Duc Hot Springs and I lived there for 9 years when I was a girl.
60 years ago, Minnie Petersen, my mother and I rode on horseback up to the high Divide and picked blue berries.The Olympic National Park 7 lake Basin was wild enough then.
Our family backpacked to the Olympic National Park 7 Lake Basin 40 summers ago and it was wild enough then.

THE 1976 UN WORLD HERITAGE SITES AND THE  UN MAN AND THE BIOSPHERE

What a joke, if we have all of the above, the people will come.

In 2008 my son took my 2 grandson’s backpacking to the 7 Lake Basin, RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, restricted designated campsite, no campfires and payment required.
In 2010 my son tried to go backpacking to the 7 Lake Basin with his sons. NO WAY every restricted, limited, designated campsite was FULL. They told him, “If you want to camp in the Olympic National Park high country this is where you can go.” on a million acres of PUBLIC ACCESS LAND?
Our family visited the Olympic Hot Springs Resort in the 60 years ago, before it was destroyed by the National Park Service.
I hiked up to the Olympic Hot Springs Resort 35 years ago with my two nieces, 6 naked hikers, and a primitive pool surrounded with piles of human feces.
Our family lived on Lake Crescent at Barnes Cove for over a year.
Our family spent a summer at Log Cabin Resort when I was 13 years old.
I remember the destruction LaPoel resort, the restaurant and the cabins.
I remember the imminent domain taking of Lake Crescent private homes.
Why was Jack Olsen’s home and land  taken from him and later occupied by Chief Justice Douglas of the United states supreme Court, and he called it his summer home?
CLALLAM COUNTY DOES NOT WANT OR NEED, THE loss OF PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND, THE LOSS of productive timberlands AND the negative impact on the local economy in Clallam County THAT THE WILD OLYMPICS CAMPAIGN WOULD CAUSE.
Pearl Rains Hewett Trustee
George C. Rains Sr. Estate
235 W. 5th
Port Angeles, WA 98362
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Port Opposes Wild Olympics Campaign

June 22, 2010

On June 14, 2010, the Port of Port Angeles’ Board of Commissioners introduced and unanimously passed a resolution in opposition of the Wild Olympics Campaign.  The Wild Olympics Campaign proposes to expand the boundaries of the Olympic National Park (ONP).

The Port Commission opposes this campaign because the proposed expansion would add approximately 37,000 acres of productive private and Department of Natural Resources land to the ONP.  The Campaign also would convert 145,000 acres of USDA Forest Service Olympic National Forest to Wilderness Designation and create 200 more miles of Wild and Scenic River Designation.

The Commission is concerned about the loss of productive timberlands and the negative impact on the local economy in Clallam County.   The Port’s Executive Director Jeff Robb said, “I encourage all residents of Clallam County to get informed about this campaign and consider the potential impacts to our community and economy.”

 

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