Citing benefits to local Olympic Peninsula jobs, economy, clean water & salmon, more than
700 local businesses, elected officials, farms, faith leaders, sportsmen, conservation &
recreation groups now backing Wild Olympics
QUILCENE, Wash. – The Wild Olympics Coalition
today cheered the reintroduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act
Senator Patty Murray
and Representative Derek Kilmer
to 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, clean water, and enhance
outdoor recreation, the legislation would, if enacted, designate the first new wilderness on
Olympic National Forest in nearly three decades and the first-ever protected wild and scenic
rivers on the Olympic Peninsula.
The Wild Olympics Coalition also unveiled today over 150 new endorsements from local Olympic
Peninsula elected officials and businesses rallying behind the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild
& Scenic Rivers Act. The new additions bring the total number of local Olympic Peninsula
businesses, CEOs, elected officials, farms, faith leaders & sportsmen, and conservation and
outdoor recreation groups to more than 700
, including the mayors of Port Townsend, Hoquiam, Ocean Shores & Elma, among
many others. The new endorsements by local Olympic Peninsula business owners, mayors and city
councilmembers from all four counties of the Peninsula were collected over the last several
months on a sign-on letter addressed to Senator Murray and Rep. Kilmer. More than 12,000 local
residents have signed petitions in support.
The new endorsements come after Local Olympic Peninsula Economic Leaders recently announced a new
partnership with REI & Patagonia to promote the Wild Olympics Campaign in REI’s
flagship store and online to encourage their customers to visit the spectacular Olympic
Peninsula. As part of the partnership, local elected officials from the Olympic Peninsula,
the Wild Olympics Campaign, outdoor recreation groups, REI, and Patagonia unveiled a new “Destination Wild Olympics”
, highlighting some of the great recreation places in the Wild Olympics proposal. The map
was designed with extensive input from local Olympic Peninsula business owners, economic
development leaders and local elected officials, who announced their support for the initiative,
calling it an amazing economic opportunity for the Peninsula.