Olympic National Park: Environmental assessment up for review

Olympic National Park officials have released an environmental assessment studying the impact of three different fire management strategies in the park.

Acting Deputy Superintendent Paul Menard is encouraging public comment on the assessment, which will help guide fire management and associated policies governing interaction with neighboring landowners.

It examines the impact of fires and firefighting responses on air, water, soil wilderness, vegetation, wildlife, cultural resources, socioeconomic values, human health, safety and visitor experience, park spokeswoman Barb Maynes, said Wednesday.

The chosen plan, which will serve to guide firefighting efforts for five years, will be reviewed annually.

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