Park sets Port Townsend meeting for wilderness plan

Peninsula Daily News

PORT TOWNSEND — The Olympic National Park will host a public open-house meeting on a plan for managing wilderness areas within the park in Port Townsend on Wednesday.

The meeting is scheduled to take place from
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Cotton Building, 607 Water St.

The open house was added to the park’s schedule of a series of public “scoping meetings” for the Olympic Wilderness Stewardship Plan.

The first round was held earlier this month in Port Angeles, Sequim, Sekiu and Forks.

Parks officials are gathering suggestions for managing wilderness areas, which comprise 95 percent of the park.

The public is being asked to answer questions about their desires for the park as officials begin to develop a wilderness stewardship plan for the next decade or longer.

The plan will be developed in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964 and analyzed through an environmental impact statement, or EIS, with a plan expected to be released next year.

Comments will be taken until March 23.

The park added the meetings in response to requests, officials said.

Additional workshops will be scheduled in Olympia and Aberdeen sometime in March.

“I am very pleased we have received such broad public interest,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.

“Public input is essential in developing the best possible plan.”

For more information and to leave comments, see http://parkplanning.nps.gov/olymwild.

Public comment also can be mailed to Creachbaum, Attn: Wilderness Stewardship Plan, Olympic National Park, 600 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Last modified: February 24. 2013 6:07PM
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