Olympic Nat’l Park

Commentary on Wild Olympics Campaign

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.

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.


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.”


Conference call set for Oct. 12th for Olympic National Forest’s Dungeness watershed action plan


Posted 10/1/2011


Clallam County, WA – The next conference call to discuss the Olympic National Forest’s Dungeness watershed action plan will be Monday, October 12, at 10:00 AM.  The call-in number is 712-432-1100 passcode 277507#.   Notes from our last conference call on September 12 are attached.


Following is a draft agenda for the call:

– debrief on Sept. 14 Dungeness River Management Team meeting

– Action Plan workshop Oct. 17 – agenda, logistics, etc.

– Update on development of Action Plan proposals

– Public meeting on Action Plan?


As previously reported, there will be a workshop  to review and discuss the Action Plan proposals on October 17 at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribal Center.   Susan Piper will be sending out a notice with details about the workshop in a few days.

Dungeness Watershed Action Plan Conference Call Notes, September 12, 2011


Participants (7):  John Woolley, Mike Anderson, Susan Piper, Ross Krumpe, Kathleen Dowd-Gailey, Rebecca Wolfe, Tim McNulty


DRMT Meeting

–          The watershed action plan will be on the agenda of this month’s meeting of the Dungeness River Management Team on September 14.  Susan and Scott Haggerty will review the status of the action plan.  Dean Yoshina and Mike will discuss the potential involvement of the DRMT in plan development and implementation.   John, Rebecca, and Ross are also planning to attend.


October Workshop

–          Susan said that the Forest Service planning team would be able to have an action plan workshop with interested members of the collaborative group and DRMT on either Friday, October 14, or Monday, October 17.  Mike will see if there is a preference for either date among members of the DRMT and the collaborative group.

[Update: since the Tribal conference room is not available on Oct. 14, the workshop date will be October 17].

–          The Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s conference room is available for the workshop.  If more than 30 people are expected to attend, the workshop could be moved to the Guy Cole Convention Center.

–          The Forest Service will provide a final spreadsheet with project descriptions, staff rankings, and estimated costs a couple of weeks before the workshop.

–          Maps will be provided at the workshop, along with background information about the Forest Service’s watershed condition framework process.  Project information and discussion will likely be organized by resource area.


Planning Update

–          Several additional proposals were submitted before the August 30 deadline – e.g. Tyler Peak access, snag creation, mountain biking trails, and horse riding on Road 2860 segments.

–          An off-highway vehicle loop route is being considered on Road 2878-100 in the vicinity of Ned Hill.  OHV routes have also been suggested in the Jimmy Come Lately watershed.

–          John has field checked the 2878-100 road and found that it was relatively flat ground but thought that it would difficult to connect roads together to make a loop route.



Next conference call of the collaborative working group will be Monday, October 3, at 10:00 AM.


Too much land owned by govt.

Things could be worse in Clallam County
For now, 17.1 % of our county is still privately owned.
Menominee County is 94% Federal Trust Land

The following from: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lab/reports/98-3tear.htm from WISCONSIN LEGISLATIVE AUDIT BUREAU
AUDIT SUMMARY February 1998

Since its creation in 1961, Menominee County has had difficulty in meeting its financial needs because of a severely limited property tax base. Most of its land is tax-exempt because it is held in federal trust for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, whose reservation includes the county and the Town of Menominee. Only 1 percent of land is taxable, and 94.4 percent of that land is residential property in a lakes area, including a development known as Legend Lake. The Tribe continues to purchase small amounts of land to be placed in federal trust, further reducing the tax base.