In partnership with other conservation and recreation organizations, American Whitewater launched our Wild Olympics Campaign focused on a dozen major river systems on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula that represent important opportunities for river conservation. The region is unique because its watersheds receive several feet of precipitation each year, providing an incredible number of river miles in a small geographic area and creating dozens of whitewater runs that pass through towering old-growth forest. Our specific objective is to designate additional river miles for protection through the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, new wilderness areas that protect key watersheds, and additions to Olympic National Park that enhance watershed protection.
Check out the Wild Olympics website for more information on this campaign.
The Wild Olympics Coalition, which includes American Whitewater, today cheered the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by 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.
A broad and diverse coalition of Olympic Peninsula community members, including American Whitewater, cheered the introduction today of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014 by Representative Derek Kilmer and Senator Patty Murray. The measure, similar to that introduced in the last Congress, by Senator Murray and former Congressman Norm Dicks would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of ancient and mature forests on Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers and their major tributaries as Wild and Scenic.
The Wild Olympics Campaign, of which American Whitewater is a member, today cheered the introduction of the Wild Olympics Wilderness & Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Congressman Norm Dicks and Senator Patty Murray to permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries (a total of 464 river miles) as Wild and Scenic Rivers.
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Memo and supporting documents on rivers eligible for Wild and Scenic designation within Olympic National Park
This study report evaluates the eligibility and classification of the Elwha River for inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Essay by AW founder Wolf Bauer on the importance of conserving wild rivers.
Congressional Offices Announce Proposal for Wild Olympics (WA)
December 18, 2011
Babbitt Calls For Balance Between Oil & Gas and Conservation
February 14, 2013