Olympic National Park: Officials want public’s help with vision

The first of eight public workshops to discuss the future of Olympic National Park will be held tonight in Port Angeles

Park service officials are working on a general management plan that will guide the park for the next 15 to 20 years.

They are also working on an environmental impact statement analyzing the effects of that plan.

“It is vitally important that this vision be developed together by the public and park staff, and we encourage people to share their thoughts about the park’s future,” park Superintendent David Morris said.

Tonight’s meeting runs from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Vern Burton Memorial Community Center, Peabody and Fourth streets.

On Tuesday, workshops will be held in Neah Bay (1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Makah Cultural and Research Center), in Clallam Bay (4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Clallam Bay Lion’s Club Hall) and in Forks (7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Olympic Natural Resources Center, 1455 S. Forks Ave.).

The four other workshops will be held Wednesday in Quinault, Aberdeen and Silverdale, and on Thursday in Seattle.

Written comments can be sent to OLYM_GMP@nps.gov or to Superintendent, Olympic National Park, 600 E. Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Comments received before Sept. 30 will be used to help develop the plan.

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