many of you
there have been many plans and a variety of mis-information
surrounding the proposed Wild
Olympics/Wild and Scenic
plan. For those unfamiliar with
it, this plan was introduced by
Washington state U.S. Congressman Norm Dicks and U.S. Senator Patty
Murray in 2010. Green party lobbyists from Quilcene, partners
and associates with
the D.C. Pew Environmental
Group, worked closely with Washington legislators to concoct the taking
of our state lands for national ownership to create a bigger park with
extra wilderness, to add to the million acre park they already
could not take
The announcement of the Pew groups' desire to re-designate our public
Peninsula lands for a bigger park was
the attention of
peninsula residents by a whistleblower.
News came that deals were
cooking, involving the acquisition
of public recreational forestlands,
for other purposes by
federal government. Their reasoning was for Extra"
Keep in mind as you read on - Federal protection does not
realistically exist. Extra protection is an invented myth.
The plan was meant to intentionally pass under the radar unnoticed, to
shove it through congress with as little public awareness as
possible. They knew the opposition would be tremendous and would get in
the way of their "democratic" taking agenda.
This was a plan that
would negatively affect all bordering private property owners, where
planned designations would overlap and also cut off access to the much
enjoyed open recreational lands. Quinault learned some of these areas
chosen for mock protection, were surrounding Quinault's
as well as other areas in Grays
Harbor, Jefferson and Clallam counties.
In fact this plan would
enormously effect EVERY
Olympic Peninsula county through
the designations of Wild and Scenic Rivers alone! THE TAKING
OUR WATERS. Quinault and the other rural unincorporated
adjoining communities, were
left out of the information
The offices of Wa. states
Ex-U.S Congressman Norm Dicks (forced to resign) and both U.S.
Murray and Maria Cantwell all denied any prior collusion with the Pew
rumors of being
"caught in the wind" by the whistleblower.
In fact, we soon learned that
they had a 2 year
jump start conjuring the Land Grab with D.C's Pew
co-conspirators and congressional aids in Olympia, before meeting with
was their 1st lie.
knowledge to conspire with the Washington D.C.
party, to organize the plan to GRAB
Land and Water
for mock Preservation "and
other purposes". Other
Dicks was soon forced to
rumors of misused funds, other impropieties and cover ups. Evidently
there is something to
those huge donkey eared democrats.
time the congressional team brought out a
sets of maps, supposedly with
the first (courtesy of Pew
these Maps were
rendition at best. Very vague and even more intrusive.
Quinault refused to play this game of charades
by immediately nitpicking
details. It was
the consequences of
plan that concerned us:
federal park plans that never seem
change. ONP has been a continual
burden to the historical
communities of Amanda Park, Quinault and Clearwater
over a century!
gets serious with us at the Scam
problem with new
Management. No new
Trails, No existing trail repair?
danger made worse. Thousands of acres each year are consumed by
wildfires in wilderness areas. There are now 109.5 million acres of
wilderness park in 44 states. (In
1964 the Wilderness Act was passed granting just 9.1 million acress
within 13 states) Within the
wilderness law is the
"Let it Burn" rule prohibiting interference to extinguish them. They
must be left to burn out naturally. This is absurdity in itself. This
huge Quinault Ridge
area that is up for designation, borders
state Hwy 101 on the west and the Colonel Bob Spotted Owl
Wilderness area on
side. The dividing road; an important access link, will be
This new wilderness will have cell
towers (with an access road you will share with service trucks) to the
top. Don't bring the bicycle, they are not allowed.
This is a Public Summer Recreation Area with 3 connected communities.
will actually make the remaining
areas more congested, with
more restrictions. The exact
the environmentalists intended goals.
Or is it?
Are The Campgrounds?
-Promised since the spotted owl decision? and jobs? Visitors to the
Park have been disappointed year after year, with road and
closures, campgrounds repairs neglected and some without water. Where
did the funds go? We need more recreational
There is no work in the
Colonel Bob Trail-
very popular Wilderness trail located right in Quinault and closed for
4 years. Unable to facilitate
since a high velocity wind storm took down the
First regulations and
then protest from the
environmentalists stopped all efforts. No Chainsaws Allowed!
- Just off north shore road, was
2 months. short trail to the
worlds largest cedar
-Former North Shore campground on Lake Quinault, now day-use only.
falling limbs from immense cedars and Douglas firs.
important north entrance road to the railhead closed this year (2011)
Permanently closed 2015?
Now lost is Pyrites
Trail, Rustler Creek
Trail, Promised Creek
Trail, Litchy Creek Trail, Tschletshy
Creek Trail, Howe Creek Trail, Finley Peak Trail.
- "Wild Olympics" purposely
plans to keep their
short walking trails outside of
wilderness designations, for the benefit of just 1 kind of user,
closures exclude all others. Fair or selfish? Many river bars that
provide excellent recreation and family camping may no longer be used
with "Wild and Scenic" river designations. There is
nothing in this plan for senior citizens. Sunday drives through
the back country won't be possible. The loop trails around
Quinault are not wheelchair accessible.
area locals enjoy visiting frequently. Road closures have already
off vast acreage for the protection of wildlife. This is another very
healthy and productive forest, with rivers and creeks that do not need
road in from Hwy101 by the Clearwater School has been cut-short and
for several years from washout. The
campground closed. West
Boundary Rd. is the only south access
into the entire upper Queets river region . The "Wild
result is that this premier
river with it's huge watershed will be inaccessible and unseen by all
very few. Queets Ridge is a
perfect example of a well managed working forest and recreation area in
harmony. Essential school trust land. Future timber value would surely
the $900 million. Mineral Resources are also
Does Wilderness Boost the Economy?
Colonel Bob Trail-
popular Wilderness trail closed for 4 years.
with Wild and Scenic
This "ACT" authorizes
additional lands: 1/4 mile on each side of the river.
on use and access will result.
Buffer zones will
be put in place on private lands. (see
here. It is very important to understand our objections.
and Scenic Rivers
is it about The Wild and Scenic Rivers
inclusion into the Wild Olympics campaign that is troubling? Why are we
being disarmed by the "No Dams" statement,
because it is so obvious and redundant that a river in this park would
need such protection that it is beyond comprehension.
of Wild and Scenic
(from the Intra-agency
and Scenic Rivers
Dam was just removed and it is becoming obvious that a huge amount of
environmental damage has occurred sending rippling effects to many
species (the swans of the upper lake disappeared) AND PROPERTY. This is
anything BUT a non-issue, and may prove the most damaging part of it
all. NOW THAT THERE IS A DROUGHT!
these rivers gives them over to federal ownership
and control, and they can do anything in the world they want after
that. The river is the water and water is the most valuable commodity
in the world today. Why should the people of this state relinquish this
right of ownership? Pure deception by dishonest and corrupt politicians.
Once a river is
designated; it goes through the
process to place the sections into one of three categories: Wild,
is to be determined by the Dept. of
Interior or Agriculture depending. It specifically says: AFTER IT
DESIGNATED, then it
will then be decided.
This guarantees that anything
that is said prior to
inclusion, about whether ANY
part of ANY
to be Wild, Scenic or
Recreation, is meaningless..
They are given one
year to do this
for a management plan.
This is the catch:
and Scenic Rivers Act
allows itself to buy more
lands. THEY CAN NOW BUY
INDEPENDENT FROM THE WILD OLYMPICS ACT, 1/4 mile on each
of the river and if the piece of land is larger? they can buy the
whole thing with the
tallied into their limits. They can negotiate
deals easily enough. They will buy the land that
can’t be logged! Everybody
should know they are already not
allowed to log it!
Don’t they? Yet they will likely
for the timber anyway. Sweet deal. (using the Land and Water
a legally established boundary. This
responsibility is left to the managing agency to be completed following
Will the Wild and Scenic
Act further inhibit us from protecting
"..an interim boundary will
be established with-in 1/4
mile of the
ordinary high water mark on each side of the river."
boundary also defines the area in which the managing
land acquisition authority."
protection tools such
as locally adopted
and enforced zoning laws, donations of
easements to land
techniques to be used.
The Park owns the entire
Northshore of the Quinault River
the high water rule. Refer back to
W&S review: It states
that when the
govt. is in this
position it exerts full
W&S regulations on both sides
and land on South Shore and the other 18 rivers named?
department or agency of the united states shall assist by loan,
grant, license, or otherwise in the construction of any water resources
project that would have a direct and adverse effect on the values for
which such river was established."
and once again from the
preserved in a free flowing condition."
The ONP does not
admit to the damage they caused at Finley Creek.
We've asked that they fix it and all other
ecological damage they have caused on the Olympic Peninsula. No act
should even be considered before this is done. They now have an
million maintenance backlog for ONP (2014). 11 Billion nationally and
another 11 Billion for the USFS, F&W, and BLM combined.
to Wild and Scenic; there
is also a CONDEMNATION
private property becomes fully encircled.”
of authority to acquire state and Indian lands."
owned by the state may be acquired only
donation or exchange."
preclude the use of condemnation to clear title
as are reasonable....necessary
to give the public access to the
to accept donations of lands and interests."
Wilderness and Wild and
Completely Encircles Us
don’t need the cost of condemnation, if the river does
it for you.
There's a bigger problem
if you live
here in Quinault
know "first hand" what a horrible mistake this would
be. The Park has been busy buying properties and demolishing
north shore for years.
why? Because the north shore was mistakenly included in the original
Park survey and annexation. AN attempt to return it back to our
community in 70s' failed through a twist of fate. Ironically, a
slimmer junior congressman Norm Dicks was involved along with
Senator Jackson to pass this legislation but expiration dates ran short
and then with a new congress in a different mood; refused to ratify the
bill. See The Northshore
South Shore of the Quinault River ONP has deliberately
destroy a wonderful wetlands/habitat
area and still will not publicly acknowledge their responsibility.
Hydrological reports by the Quinault Indian Nation scientists have
established this connection as as FACT. The Alluvial fan function of
Finley was/is disturbed and creating the mess downstream. We were
suffering the results and because it was on private
property; no-one would help to save it or seriously consider our urgent
pleas. State agencies refused. An
ounce of prevention is worth a pound
of cure. Homeowners here were
further prevented from removing
log-jams and we
needed more help to get sections of bank fortified by rock which was
also denied. Meanwhile, the united homeowners took matters into their
own hands (risking
lined the critical banks with huge spruce logs tops which floated up
the rising waters, their limbs fanning the torrential currents. After
several years and nothing but "studies" we are given the
cure? A $100+ million restoration restoration project for the
whole river that will take decades and results wont be known for a
ONP alters the natural watershed for their
benefit on the north side of the Quinault River to the
the south side. This
is what has
essay Documents of proof
changed the course of the Quinault
for information concerning this 12 year excavation project. We have
discovered they over
extended their usage permit and that much of the work was also done on
permits. What happens if you do that?
story; no-one but the park
puts a D9 Cat in the creek bed,
changes the river. Lost
Residents And Their History
Will Be Removed Next
If The Wild
Olympics Act Becomes Law
story: From the book Rain Forest by
have been permitted to publish this
wonderful account about the
"other time" back in '38 when the pioneers were run
homesteads to make the Park and given what was a "pittance
property" according to her
daughter, Phyllis Miller, a lifetime
resident of Amanda Park.
An Economic Disaster for
all affected areas
Magazine did a study
National Park News
New Wilderness Stewardship Plan
there in opposition
will steward nothing. They will
all be counting the crushed dandelions trammeled by use, assessing
trends and limiting
access. That is the Wilderness Plan. WE suspect it will be
no local jobs will be created, no new trails opened; which will be in
agreement with their responsibility as a World Heritage Site and
Biosphere. They deny this.
WE are pleased to learn re-locating
is NOT part of the plan at this time. Everyone wants a better
Park! 1 Million Acres of Park Wilderness is clearly enough; expanding
the boundaries, or creating additional wilderness will be a critical
detriment for its protection.
Will Wild and Scenic Rivers have no
impact on the ONP; as the Wild Olympics supporters claim? You will
learn that it will be disastrous, as it impacts all the rural
communities, the property rights of homeowners and more than likely
will wreck more environment. Washington State has even
passed a law prohibiting the picking on public access land of wild
berries w/o permit of course.
New Scam! - Sept
NO PHOTOS ALLOWED in the WILDERENESS
Quinault they will all be
the same place, with no place to go!
Campground space is very limited when open,
get sold out (in summer
activities are restricted.
You are offered a short gravel packed nature trail where one can dream
of being in a primeval wilderness whilst viewing a hillside decimated
with blown down rotting timber. You may even succeed in deceiving
yourself that this is old-growth timber! Then you will leave your
refuse, buy gas and
drive on to the next corporate
Who and What Will The Park
see the Wilderness"? ....."You won't even have
your car, because we've brought the Wilderness
to you"! "Our loop trails have all been excluded from these
extra protection designations".... "You will be able to comfortably
walk a short 1
trail into the Olympic National Rain Forest".
few workers in Quinault
are mostly seasonal
and no longer qualify for unemployment
benefits .... Corporate Aramark
who bought out our beautiful locally
owned and operated Lake
instituted an order to reprimand employees who
discuss the controversial issue of "Wild
guests who have seen our signs.
are Partners of the Park" they boast;
striving to become a monopoly for
Park accommodations, as with
and National Parks nationwide.
Unfortunately Striving to answer
inquiries is not on their agenda.
is an historical land mark in our local pioneer community. Since it's
construction in 1926 it served as a roost for outdoor
visiting the Quinault area. Our Lodge always provided warmth and
welcoming by locals that were employed there.
one former employee put it. "We love
Lodge. We just don't like what Aramark came in and did to it". They
took out our Pioneer and Native American furnishings and
it. I don't know. They removed it's character and the cultural arts it
proudly represented and now
promote only the Park". It's a whole different feeling. You
still enjoy the beautifully hand built fireplace, but the
and natural atmosphere in the lobby is missing. It transformed into
more of a hotel
then the cozy get-a-way, that made it so popular".
compassion local residents have for this landmark and
it's history is by no means to be taken lightly.
Threats to Our Peninsula Public Lands
Natures Conservancy quietly makes land deal with Rayonier and grabs 2,300
prime forest resource land on Queets Ridge for preservation
conservation. The collaboration took place under the public radar. Deal
done and ready to be signed the day after the required public notice.
Natures Conservancy wait for the public announcement of this
mass they would be selling, until the deal was in place and ready to be
does TNC get all that money?
leaves the public opinion
behind knowing it would never
produce tax revenue again.
Natures Conservancy (TNC)
now owns many parcels on the Olympic Peninsula for these same purposes.
Preservation and experimentation.
they pay, where it goes and more.
Olympic Peninsula lands? Just say no
Government has dished them out hundreds
of thousands in grants to be used for land
acquisition and pet conservation projects this
year. Tax grant money from our pockets. The conservancy has
out everywhere. They are a part of big government landlords.
The Natures Conservancy purchases land nationwide.
of the Clearwater parcel
acquire this? - GOVT GRANTS
WILL EVENTUALLY EXCEED THIS LANDS VALUE
And History Will
annual pioneer celebrations on the
will not be allowed. This celebration has been a tradition for over 100
loss of these productive lands would disrupt the sustainable harvest
cycles that have taken the last 30 yrs to develop, since the
GROW TREES! A
natural cycle for renewable future resources forever. Mismanagement
burned down shelters to be replaced with
improper trail construction. A proverbial Smoking Gun
of criticisms! and more environmental
damage by ONP
of many this year. Why should the
NP buy land from the government granted Cascade
Land Conservancy? Thats not right. They bought it for conservation
reasons didn't they?
let Cascade pay to
another land swap
Quilcene. It's all like a big
checkerboard, or is it a sleight of hand "pea in the shell" game?
National Parks Traveler
describes the La Push land swap.
785 acres for the tribes safety (we were all for that part)
the 4100 acres was not tribal land. It
work that way. So much for so little? A very strange set of accounting
procedures by Miss Cantwell and the ONP. Do
you think they are
happy about giving up
beach? Guaranteed on down the line they will regret allowing government
people around Lake Crescent aren't
too happy. SB3222
These homeowners are getting
the same squeeze put on them.
this particular 4100
acres land grab? Cantwell/Dicks proposed to help the Tribe,
why must this be at their
Acres of Olympic Peninsula public land;
gobbled, grabbed, and
Checkerspot Butterfly. This courtesy transfer is from
a military base In California?
Pearl Rains Hewett - Read On
Respectfully and Rightfully Requested
complete list of any currently found environmental threats including
the Finley Watershed.
not fully admit to their errors in the 14 years of excavation in Finley
creek (watershed runoff) into the Quinault. Destroying while
claim to be preserving. Bull
trout habitat was almost destroyed
their neglect of their fatal error.
it alls" refuse
to take the blame.
overlay map of the
roads and trails,
define areas of the decommissioned
decommissioning and open
complete data survey of
these areas in question
have accurately disputed their proposed boundary
claims; that areas available for tree thinning would
not be included. THEY
have been found by our experts.
vague claims by
unsuitable, as a basis for government regulations that restrict the
freedom of access
to public lands. The negative
impacts on the economies of
communities will be a disaster.
Quinault was hit hard and being punished
the creation of the
Olympic National Park, the federal government (by way of ONP) has been
removing private property through
boundary extensions, added
buffer zones among
many other agency rulings; to force in-holders to become "willing
sellers" as a means for human removal.
The "willing seller"
might better be explained here. Willing
for it's resistance, and receives