Wild Olympics Bill Rides Wave of Broad Local Support out of Key House Committeehttps://jeffcodemocrats.com/wp-content/themes/osmosis/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg 150 150 https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/21544ef0d7fb139a0020a55d4d4c27cc?s=96&d=mm&r=pg
QUILCENE, Wash. (December 5th, 2019) –The Wild Olympics Coalition today cheered the passage of the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (H.R. 2642) out of the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee. The legislation was introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06) in May, and would 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. Designed through extensive community input to protect ancient forests and clean water and enhance outdoor recreation, the legislation would designate the first new wilderness in the Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.
The Campaign released a stunning new video featuring some of their most prominent local champions to celebrate the milestone, including a local logger, conservationist, fishing guide, scientist, shellfish grower and a city councilmember who are all backing the legislation.
Video On Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/374404086
Video On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wildolympics/videos/936210906778791/
Video On Twitter: https://twitter.com/WildOlympics/status/1202614173768679424
Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer spent years gathering extensive community input on the Olympic Peninsula to craft the carefully-balanced legislation. It would permanently protect ancient and mature forests, critical salmon habitat, and sources of clean drinking water for local communities, while also protecting and expanding world-class outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, camping, boating, hunting, and fishing without closing any roads or affecting any trailhead access.(more…)