ONP Wilderness Stewardship Plan Public Workshop

February 21, 2013 @ 7:00 am – 9:00 am
Department of Natural Resources Conference Room
411 Tillicum Lane
Forks, WA 98331

Olympic National Park Launches Planning Process for Existing Park Wilderness;

Public Input Invited, Eight Public Workshops Scheduled

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Olympic National Park invites the public to participate in developing a Wilderness Stewardship Plan to help protect and manage the designated wilderness lands within the park.

 “The Olympic Wilderness was designated by Congress in 1988 and has become one of the most popular wilderness destinations in the country,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.  “We are excited to be moving ahead with a comprehensive plan for how we protect and manage this area and are looking forward to hearing thoughts and ideas from our public.”

 The plan will be developed in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964 and analyzed through an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process.  In the coming weeks, a Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS will be published in the Federal Register.  The public comment period begins today and will continue for 60 days after the Federal Register notice is published.

 “One of the first steps in any planning process is to learn what the public’s thoughts, questions and concerns are,” said Creachbaum.  “We welcome online and written comments and have also scheduled eight public workshops for people to share their thoughts and learn more about the plan.”

 More information about the Olympic Wilderness Stewardship Plan and planning process, including a public scoping newsletter, is available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/olymwild.  Comments may also be submitted at that website.

Public workshops will be offered around the Olympic Peninsula and are scheduled as follows.

February 5, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Jefferson School Gymnasium, 218 E. 12th Street, Port Angeles, WA 98362

February 7, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 S. Blake Avenue, Sequim, WA 98382

February 19, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Sekiu Community Center, 42 Rice, Sekiu, WA 98381

February 20, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Department of Natural Resources Conference Room, 411 Tillicum Lane, Forks, WA 98331

February 21, 2013, 4:00-6:00pm

Amanda Park Library, 6118 U.S. Highway 101, Amanda Park, WA 98526

March 4, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Seattle REI Flagship Store, 222 Yale Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

March 5, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Ridgetop High School, 10600 Hillsboro Drive NW, Silverdale, WA 98383

March 6, 2013, 5:00-7:00pm

Shelton Civic Center, 525 W. Cota Street, Shelton, WA 98584

Public comments may also be mailed or delivered to: 


Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum

            Attn:  Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Olympic National Park

600 East Park Avenue

Port Angeles, WA  98362


Ninety-five percent of Olympic National Park was designated as wilderness in 1988, and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  The Wilderness Act of 1964 established the National Wilderness Preservation System and established a policy for the protection of wilderness resources for public use and enjoyment.

 For more information or to be added to the Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan, people should visit http://parkplanning.nps.gov/olymwild or call the park at 360-565-3004.