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  • The Elwha River Limbo Land

    The Elwha River Limbo Land

    SOME 1,100 ACRES OF LAND WITH AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE?

    ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 10, 2012  By Lynda V. Mapes  Seattle Times staff reporter

    WHAT WILL BECOME OF “THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS”? THAT USED TO BE UNDER THE ELWHA DAM AND LAKE ALDWELL?

    THEY WERE TO BE SET ASIDE FOR USE, AS, BY ELIGIBLE PARTY’S?

    THAT IS THE SO-CALLED PROJECT LANDS WERE SET ASIDE, “ACCORDING” TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELWHA ACT, PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 1992.

    WERE THEY FACTUALLY?  SPECIFICALLY? SET ASIDE BY CONGRESS IN THE 1992 ELWHA ACT??

    WHY IS CLALLAM COUNTY WA NOT LISTED AS AN ELIGIBLE PARTY FOR A CLALLAM COUNTY RECREATIONAL AREA?

    WHEN CONGRESS AUTHORIZED REMOVAL OF THE DAM SOUTHWEST OF PORT ANGELES IN 1992, THE SO-CALLED PROJECT LANDS WERE TO BE SET ASIDE EITHER FOR USE AS

    1. A STATE PARK,
    2. A NATIONAL PARK OR
    3. A NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, OR
    4. BE TRANSFERRED TO THE LOWER ELWHA KLALLAM TRIBE.

    SO FAR, THE TRIBE IS THE ONLY ELIGIBLE PARTY THAT HAS A PLAN AND A DESIRE FOR THE LAND.

    AUGUST 10, 2012 THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INTENDS TO LAUNCH A PUBLIC PROCESS TO DECIDE THE LONG-TERM DISPOSITION OF THE LAND, BUT AT THE MOMENT HAS NO FUNDING TO PAY FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OR ENVIRONMENTAL-IMPACT STATEMENT, NOTED TODD SUESS, ACTING SUPERINTENDENT FOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    THE AGENCY IS AWARE THE TRIBE WANTS THE LAND, BUT CAN’T JUST TURN IT OVER. “WE NEED TO HAVE A PUBLIC PROCESS,” SUESS SAID.

    FOR NOW, THE PARK SERVICE, WHICH ALREADY MANAGES 85 PERCENT OF THE ELWHA WATERSHED, IS MANAGING THE LANDS. PARK RANGERS ARE PROVIDING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OFFERING INTERPRETIVE WALKS ON SOME OF THE PROJECT LANDS, EXCLUDING THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, WHICH ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND PROTECTED.

    NO MATTER WHO ENDS UP OWNING THE LAND, MORE THAN 700 ACRES OF IT ALONG THE RIVER AND IN ITS FLOOD PLAIN WILL REMAIN IN ITS NATURAL STATE IN PERPETUITY,

    WITH PUBLIC ACCESS MAINTAINED.

    THAT IS ACCORDING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELWHA ACT, PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 1992.

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    QUESTION THIS….. SOME 1,100 ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND WAITING IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK LIMBO LAND SINCE AUGUST 10, 2012?

    ACCORDING TO ???? 

    THAT IS “ACCORDING” TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELWHA ACT, PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 1992.

    READ THE ELWHA ACT, WHAT DID IT PROMISE? CLEAN WATER? HOW MUCH WATER? POWER REPLACEMENT? PUBLIC ACCESS INTO PERPETUITY? 

    WITH ALL THE FALSE NEWS NOW DAYS….

    THIS IS THE LAW, READ IT,  YOU DECIDE…

    Public Law 102-495 102d Congress An Act

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/STATUTE-106/pdf/STATUTE-106-Pg3173.pdf

    Oct 24, 1992 – 24, 1992. 106 STAT. 3173. Public Law 102-495. 102d Congress. An Act … SHORT TITLE. This Act may be referred to as the “Elwha River Ecosystem … of the Projects and his plans for the full restoration of the Elwha.

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    ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm Updated February 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Elwha tribe finds legendary creation site, wants uncovered land

    WHAT WILL BECOME OF THE LANDS THAT USED TO BE UNDER THE ELWHA DAM AND LAKE ALDWELL, including sacred lands of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe?

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    By Lynda V. Mapes Seattle Times staff reporter

    SLOWLY EMERGING FROM WHAT USED TO BE UNDER LAKE ALDWELL AND ELWHA DAM ARE SOME 1,100 ACRES OF LAND WITH AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE.

    WHEN CONGRESS AUTHORIZED REMOVAL OF THE DAM SOUTHWEST OF PORT ANGELES IN 1992, THE SO-CALLED PROJECT LANDS WERE TO BE SET ASIDE EITHER FOR USE AS A STATE PARK, A NATIONAL PARK OR A NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, OR BE TRANSFERRED TO THE LOWER ELWHA KLALLAM TRIBE. SO FAR, THE TRIBE IS THE ONLY ELIGIBLE PARTY THAT HAS A PLAN AND A DESIRE FOR THE LAND.

    That desire became even more intense last month, with the discovery of the tribe’s creation site. Long passed on in oral tradition, the sacred site is where, by tribal teaching, the Creator bathed and blessed the Klallam people, and where tribal members for generations uncounted sought to learn their future.

    But the site was covered by the waters behind Elwha Dam, and had not been seen by anyone in the tribe since construction of the dam between 1910 and 1913. Many feared it had been destroyed by blasting during dam construction — and some came to doubt if it had ever existed at all.

    Frances Charles, chairwoman of the tribe, said she and other tribal members visited the site last month after receiving a call from National Park Service cultural-resources staff, who believed they had found the site.

    “A group of us walked to the site and actually stood on the rock known to us as the creation site,” Charles said this week. “It was eerie in some ways. We were walking on the soil that had been underwater for 100 years, and witnessing the old cedars. It was emotional, with joy and happiness. We sang a prayer song and an honor song, and had the opportunity to stand there and really praise our ancestors and the elders for telling the stories.”

    To see that those stories actually were true was overwhelming, Charles said.

    “To so many out there, it was a myth,” she said. “To be able to feel the spiritual tie to the land, and know, yes, this is real, the stories that you have heard, they are true. It is very, very powerful and very humbling.”

    The park service also reported this week finding a site in another location within a former reservoir that documents human use as far back as 8,000 years ago, establishing it as one of the oldest known archaeological sites on the Olympic Peninsula. The park service collected material for analysis and reburied the site.

    For the tribe, the recovery of its cultural sites is a deeper dimension of the Elwha restoration, affirming the truth of the tribe’s presence here for so long.

    “The land continues to show us, it speaks,” Charles said. “To be able to go down there and feel the power of the water and the land, and look at a landmark that has been covered for so many years, now being able to breathe.”

    THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INTENDS TO LAUNCH A PUBLIC PROCESS TO DECIDE THE LONG-TERM DISPOSITION OF THE LAND, BUT AT THE MOMENT HAS NO FUNDING TO PAY FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OR ENVIRONMENTAL-IMPACT STATEMENT, NOTED TODD SUESS, ACTING SUPERINTENDENT FOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    THE AGENCY IS AWARE THE TRIBE WANTS THE LAND, BUT CAN’T JUST TURN IT OVER. “WE NEED TO HAVE A PUBLIC PROCESS,” SUESS SAID.

    FOR NOW, THE PARK SERVICE, WHICH ALREADY MANAGES 85 PERCENT OF THE ELWHA WATERSHED, IS MANAGING THE LANDS. PARK RANGERS ARE PROVIDING LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OFFERING INTERPRETIVE WALKS ON SOME OF THE PROJECT LANDS, EXCLUDING THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES, WHICH ARE CONFIDENTIAL AND PROTECTED.

    NO MATTER WHO ENDS UP OWNING THE LAND, MORE THAN 700 ACRES OF IT ALONG THE RIVER AND IN ITS FLOOD PLAIN WILL REMAIN IN ITS NATURAL STATE IN PERPETUITY, WITH PUBLIC ACCESS MAINTAINED. THAT IS ACCORDING TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ELWHA ACT, PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 1992.

    But the tribe, if it comes to steward the lands, also would like to use some portions of the remaining property outside the archaeological sites and river corridor for housing or economic development, said Robert Elofson, director of river restoration for the tribe.

    In addition to protecting the tribe’s cultural resources, transfer of the property to the tribe would help the Lower Elwha Klallam realize a long unmet need for an adequate land base, Elofson said.

    When the United States purchased the core of what is now the tribe’s reservation in the late 1930s, the superintendent of the then-Office of Indian Affairs stated that six sections of land, almost 4,500 acres along the Elwha River, would be the appropriate size of the reservation for the tribe — which was far smaller then.

    But in the end, the government acquired only 300 acres for the tribe — and took another three decades to finally convey the land for the tribe’s reservation in 1968, in part because of opposition by sport fishermen.

    The tribe has continued to buy land ever since on its own, and today has about 1,000 acres along the Elwha River. But the reservation still is missing the lands that used to be under Elwha Dam and its reservoir.

    “We lost a lot of land,” said Adeline Smith, one of the oldest living members of the tribe. “There were campsites along the river, and at least two big settlements. The medicinal plants, the berries, the wildlife, they were all part of our life by the river.

    “It was ours and our way of life. I hope someday it will be again.”

    Lynda V. Mapes: 206-464-2736 or lmapes@seattletimes.com. On Twitter @lyndavmapes.

    Lynda V. Mapes: 206-464-2736 or lmapes@seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @LyndaVMapes. Lynda specializes in coverage of the environment, natural history, and Native American tribes.

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    WHAT WILL BECOME OF “THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS”? THAT USED TO BE UNDER THE ELWHA DAM AND LAKE ALDWELL?

    A CLALLAM COUNTY CONCERNED CITIZEN EXPRESSED INTEREST ON MARCH 9, 2017

    THE ELWHA RIVER PROJECT LANDS THAT WERE A PUBLIC TOURIST RECREATIONAL DESTINATION?

    WHAT HAS BECOME OF THE ELWHA RIVER CAMP GROUNDS, FOR PUBLIC CAMPING, PICNICS, FISHING, ALLOWING A PRIVATE WALKS ON PUBLIC TRAILS,  UN-ESCORTED BY ONP PARK RANGERS, PEACEFUL HIKING TRAILS,  SOLITUDE WITHOUT ONP RANGERS INTERPRETATIONS ,  A BOAT LAUNCH, RESTROOMS, A STORE, AND OUR CITIZENS WAY OF LIFE. I HOPE SOMEDAY IT WILL BE AGAIN.”

    THIS IS A  CLALLAM COUNTY CONCERNED CITIZEN EXPRESSING  INTEREST

    Behind My Back | The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop?

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/03/09/the-new-elwha-bridge-and-rest-stop/

    Mar 9, 2017 – With the replacement of the Elwha River bridge by WSDOT at an … Why stop with just a Clallam County rest stop on the Norm’s Resort Property …

    THESE ARE CONCERNED CITIZEN’S OF CLALLAM COUNTY EXPRESSING  INTEREST

    Clallam County WA | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/category/clallam-county-wa/

    Posted on March 9, 2017 by Pearl Rains Hewett, www.behindmyback.org. The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop? Who knew? What Rest Stop?


  • Elwha Supplemental Impact Statement?

    Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

    The installation of Scott Pruitt, to run the Environmental Protection Agency, sued the agency he intends to lead more than a dozen times as Oklahoma attorney general, reinforces expectations.

    “I have no doubt that Scott will return the EPA to its core objectives,” said Republican Senator James Inhofe, also of Oklahoma, adding the agency had been guilty of “federal overreach, unlawful rule making, and duplicative red tape,”

    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

    National Park Service

    DATED: JULY 9, 2002. Elwha Ecosystem Restoration Implementation; Olympic National Park; Clallam and Jefferson Counties, WA; Notice of Intent To Prepare a SUPPLEMENTAL Environmental Impact Statement FILED 9-11-02 

    Note: EPA no longer updates this information, but it may be useful as a reference or resource.

    (FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, SEE ELWHA RIVER WATER QUALITY MITIGATION PROJECT

    PLANNING REPORT AT www.nps.gov/olym/elwha/home.htm).

     Mar 30 2017, Olympic National Park WE CAN’T FIND THAT PAGE….

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    DATED: JULY 9, 2002. MITIGATION PROJECT ISSUES?   IT’S IMPACT ON VISITORS? AND POTENTIAL EFFECTS ON VISITORS? FILED 9-11-02 

    Water quality or water supply mitigation issues that will be analyzed in the SEIS include impacts of rebuilding the existing rock diversion structure on riparian vegetation, wildlife, water quality and fish; land use related impacts of building permanent water treatment facilities, such as removal of vegetation and soil, use of heavy equipment to build the facilities and its impact on wildlife or VISITORS,

    VISITORS? WOW, IS THAT LIKE AN ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT ON CLALLAM COUNTY TOURISM?

    and hazards of using chlorine and other chemicals required for treatment.    Other environmental issues not related to water quality or supply include providing access to Morse Creek and other tributaries for fisheries protection during dam removal, access to seed stock and protection of young plants in revegetating reservoir lands, changes in driving routes for trucks disposing of rubble, or noise of an onsite rubble crushing operation and its potential effects on wildlife and VISITORS.

    VISITORS? WOW, IS THAT LIKE AN ECONOMIC IMPACT STATEMENT ON CLALLAM COUNTY TOURISM?

    VISITORS? LIKE AN IMPACT STATEMENT ONP INHOLDERS?

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    Jun 28, 2011

    Olympic National Park mea culpa: ‘Inholder’ blocked from family property

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/olympic-national-park-mea-culpa-8216-inholder-82…

    Jun 28, 2011 – Pearl Rains Hewett stands at a blockade on Olympic Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park on Monday. — Photo by Chris …

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    FISH BEFORE PEOPLE

    Elwha River Fish Restoration Plan – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/nature/upload/Elwha-River-Fish-Management-Plan.pdf

    2008 – ‎Related articles

    THE SITE WILL HELP PRESERVE AND RESTORE ELWHA RIVER CHINNOOK POPULATIONS BY PROVIDING SAFE HAVEN FOR 200,000 YEARLING SMOLTS.

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    DATED: JULY 9, 2002.

    Dam removal was determined to be the preferred option for restoration, and the 1996 EIS also identified a desired suite of actions to remove the dams. As a step towards accomplishing these objectives, Congress directed purchase of the dams (which occurred in February 2000 for $29.5 million, as stipulated by Pub. L. 102-495).

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    AS A DELEGATED EIS, THE OFFICIAL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FINAL DECISION IS THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, PACIFIC WEST REGION;

     SUBSEQUENTLY THE OFFICIAL RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION WOULD BE THE SUPERINTENDENT, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

     DATED: JULY 9, 2002.JOHN J. REYNOLDS,REGIONAL DIRECTOR, PACIFIC WEST REGION.[FR DOC. 02-23124 FILED 9-11-02; 8:45 AM]BILLING CODE 4310-70-P

    (FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, SEE ELWHA RIVER WATER QUALITY MITIGATION PROJECT

    PLANNING REPORT AT www.nps.gov/olym/elwha/home.htm).

     Mar 30 2017 WE CAN’T FIND THAT PAGE….

    Written comments may be delivered by fax to: 360/565-1325; via e-mail to: Brian_Winter@nps.gov; or via postal mail or hand delivery during normal business hours to: Elwha Restoration Project Office, SEIS Comments, 826 East Front Street, Suite A, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

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    Timeline of the Elwha 1992 to Present – Olympic National Park (U.S. …

    https://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/…/timeline-of-the-elwha-1992-to-present.htm

    THE SITE WILL HELP PRESERVE AND RESTORE ELWHA RIVER CHINNOOK POPULATIONS BY PROVIDING SAFE HAVEN FOR 200,000 YEARLING SMOLTS. … Before his death in 2007, Albright pioneered propagation methods for many plants native to the Northwest.

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    Elwha River Fish Restoration Plan – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/nature/upload/Elwha-River-Fish-Management-Plan.pdf

    2008 – ‎Related articles

    PURSUANT TO THE ELWHA RIVER ECOSYSTEM AND FISHERIES RES- TORATION ACT …… 200,000. MORSE CREEK. YEARLING SMOLTS. ON-SITE. 180,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 200,000 …… Spawning ground surveys of live or dead fish and redds can then be.

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    Apr 15, 2013

    ELWHA RIVER WATER QUALITY  200,000  DEAD SMOLT

    SEABURY BLAIR JR. | Elwha too clogged for fish to live – Kitsap Sun

    www.kitsapsun.com/sports/columnists/seabury-blair/356167261.html

    Apr 15, 2013 – … AS MANY AS 200000 CHINOOK SALMON WERE KILLED IN WHAT HAS TO BE ONE OF THE … HATCHERY OFFICIALS REPORTED SEEING HUNDREDS OF DEAD SMOLTS LINING THE … For almost 15 miles, the Elwha River carves through a century’s worth of … ELWHA RIVER WATER QUALITY  

    JUL 12, 2013 LOWER ELWHA KLALLAM TRIBE’S HATCHERY

    200, 000  MORE DEAD SMOLT

    400,000 TOTAL DEAD HATCHERY SMOLT…

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    The Danger of Putting All Your Eggs in the Hatchery Basket — Wild …

    wildfishconservancy.org › About › Press › Press Clips

    JUL 12, 2013 – ROUGHLY 200,000 HATCHERY COHO SALMON AND 2000 STEELHEAD, RESULTING FROM A PUMP FAILURE AT THE LOWER ELWHA KLALLAM TRIBE’S HATCHERY ON THE ELWHA RIVER. …

     SPRING  Apr 15, 2013 THANKS TO MISTAKEN TIMING OF LARGE RELEASE OF SMOLTS AT ONE TIME … PRODUCTION LOST (200,000 DEAD) DUE TO MALFUNCTION OF HATCHERY WATER PUMP …

    The tragedy is: this production could have occurred with much less risk with natural spawning left to the river where fish make their own decisions regarding spawning destination and time, and juveniles determine their own window for outmigration.  Instead these fish have been hi-jacked by the continued belief in hatcheries rather than the proven success story of wild fish recolonization for thousands of years and resulting diversity that hedges its bets against the whims of nature’s unpredictable events.  And we paid $16 million to create this Elwha hatchery fiasco plus further annual investments in taking fish from the river and subjecting them to the persistent belief in hatcheries that is counter to the science — further evidence of the tragic disconnect of science from policy, the latter continually driven by the politics of popular beliefs.

    http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20130711/news/307119990

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     (FOR ADDITIONAL DETAILS, SEE ELWHA RIVER WATER QUALITY MITIGATION PROJECT

    PLANNING REPORT AT www.nps.gov/olym/elwha/home.htm).

    WE CAN’T FIND THAT PAGE….

    THE SEIS WILL ALSO ANALYZE CHANGES UNRELATED TO WATER QUALITY

    MITIGATION WHERE APPLICABLE.

    One of these changes is a re-evaluation of

    options to mitigate impacts to septic systems on the Lower Elwha

    Klallam Reservation. Many of the septic systems in the lower lying

    parts of the Reservation may become ineffective when the river level

    and associated groundwater table rises as a result of river channel

    aggradation following dam removal.

    In addition to the points summarized above, further detail has been added to the revegetation plan for the areas currently inundated by the reservoirs; thus, potential impacts of

    actions associated with such revegetation will be addressed.

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    Full unedited text

    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

    National Park Service Elwha Ecosystem Restoration Implementation;

    Olympic National Park; Clallam and Jefferson Counties, WA;

    Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement [Federal Register: September 12, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 177)][Notices][Page 57834-57836]From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov][DOCID:fr12se02-94] SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, and its cooperating agencies are undertaking a conservation planning and environmental impact analysis process intended to supplement the 1996 Elwha River Ecosystem Restoration Implementation final environmental impact statement (1996 EIS).

    Two dams, built in the early 1900s, block the river and limit anadromous fish to the lowest 4.9 river miles. The 1996 EIS is the second of two environmental impact statements that examined how best to restore the Elwha River ecosystem and native anadromous fishery in Olympic National Park. Dam removal was determined to be the preferred option for restoration, and the 1996 EIS also identified a desired suite of actions to remove the dams. As a step towards accomplishing these objectives, Congress directed purchase of the dams (which occurred in February 2000 for $29.5 million, as stipulated by Pub. L. 102-495). However, release of sediment from behind the dams would result in sometimes severe impacts to water quality or to the reliability of supply to downstream users during the dam removal impact period of about 3-5 years, which the 1996 EIS proposed mitigating through a series of specific measures (see below).

    Subsequently, new research and changes unrelated to the implementation project have emerged. Therefore, the primary purpose of this Supplemental EIS (SEIS) will be to identify and analyze potential impacts of a new set of water quality and supply related mitigation measures.

    Background     Elwha Dam was built in 1911, and Glines Canyon Dam in 1925, limiting anadromous fish to the lowest 4.9 miles of river (blocking access to more than 70 miles of Elwha River mainstream and tributary habitat). The two dams and their associated reservoirs have also inundated and degraded important riverine and terrestrial habitat and severely affected fisheries habitat through increased temperatures, reduced nutrients, reduced spawning gravels downstream, and other changes. Consequently, salmon and steelhead populations in the river have been considerably reduced or eliminated, and the river ecosystem within Olympic National Park significantly and adversely altered.

    In 1992, Congress enacted the Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act (PL 102-495) directing the Secretary of the Interior to fully restore the Elwha river ecosystem and native anadromous fisheries, while at the same time protecting users of the river’s water from adverse impacts associated with dam removal. The records of decision associated with this process indicated removal of both dams was needed to fully restore the ecosystem. However, impacts to water quality and supply will result from release of sediments, which have accumulated behind the dams.

    The 1996 EIS proposed and analyzed mitigation measures to protect water quality and ensure supply for each of the major downstream users. These users included the city of Port Angeles’ municipal and industrial consumers, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe’s fish hatchery, the state chinook salmon rearing channel, and the Dry Creek Water Association. Many private wells along the river could also be affected, but mitigation proposed for these users would remain substantially the same.    Currently, surface water from a rock fill diversion and intake pipe at river mile 3.3 supplies the city’s industrial clients and the state rearing channel. Mitigation to protect the city’s industrial customers described in the 1996 EIS included the installation of an infiltration gallery to collect water filtered from the riverbed and open-channel treatment with flocculants, chemicals and polymers during dam removal. The city’s municipal customers are supplied with a subsurface Ranney collector on the east-side of the river at river mile 2.8. To maintain water yield, the 1996 EIS [[Page 57835]] proposed a second Ranney collector be built on the river’s west-side, opposite the current collector. A temporary “package” treatment plant to filter water from the Ranney wells would have been operational during dam removal.

    The rearing channel would have been closed during dam removal and chinook production transferred to another state facility.    The tribal hatchery at river mile 1 will be central in protecting and producing Elwha anadromous fish for restoration following dam removal. Water for the hatchery is currently provided through wells and a shallow infiltration gallery. Measures described to protect hatchery water during dam removal included the expansion of the gallery to ensure supply and drilling of two new wells to provide clean groundwater for dilution.

    Dry Creek Water Association (DCWA) currently meets the needs of its members through groundwater wells. These wells would be subject to an increased frequency of flooding following dam removal, as well as increased sediment and mobilization of iron and manganese. The 1996 EIS analyzed two options for DCWA–connection to the city’s water distribution system, or providing additional protection from flooding for the existing DCWA system and treating on site with filtration and chlorination.

    Since December 1996 (when the most recent record of decision was signed), the U.S. Department of the Interior (including Bureau of Reclamation) and its cooperating agencies (including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe) have continued studying and refining elements of the selected alternative. As a result, they have found better solutions for protecting water quality and water supply during and following dam removal. In addition, changes in user needs have come about as a result of factors unrelated to the project.

    For example, chinook salmon and bull trout have both been listed as threatened since 1997, resulting in the requirement to keep the state rearing facility open during dam removal.

    Also, the city of Port Angeles must now meet new standards for the treatment of its municipal supplies. In addition, an industrial customer (Rayonier) which required very high quality water for its operation has since closed.    As a result of these and other changes, the agencies are pursuing an option of building permanent water treatment facilities with varying levels of treatment depending on the ultimate use of the water

    (for additional details, see Elwha River Water Quality Mitigation Project Planning Report at www.nps.gov/olym/elwha/home.htm).  The locations and types of diversions may also change because water collected from the city’s Ranney well is no longer considered to be purely groundwater, but is highly connected to the river and so must be treated as a surface supply.

    In addition, problems associated with subsurface intakes during the 3-5 year dam removal impact period may now outweigh the benefits. These problems include possible clogging and reduced yields, increased costs of providing flood protection, and increased environmental impacts associated with installing and maintaining subsurface structures in or very near the river. Sources of “true” groundwater, which are not so closely connected to the river have been investigated, but do not exist in the quantities required. This leaves surface water as a more attractive option. An alternative of replacing the existing intake structure will therefore be analyzed in the SEIS.

    Feasibility studies indicate surface water could be treated and used for the city’s industrial customer, in combination with well water for the state’s rearing facility and the Lower Elwha Klallam tribal hatchery, and as a backup for the city’s municipal customers. It may also be evaluated as an option to supply DCWA customers.

    The SEIS will also analyze changes unrelated to water quality mitigation where applicable. One of these changes is a re-evaluation of options to mitigate impacts to septic systems on the Lower Elwha Klallam Reservation. Many of the septic systems in the lower lying parts of the Reservation may become ineffective when the river level and associated groundwater table rises as a result of river channel aggradation following dam removal. Although the 1996 EIS examined a community mounding system, the number of residents living in the valley part of the Reservation has now increased. The SEIS will evaluate other options which are technically, economically, or environmentally preferable in light of these changes. At this time, the Tribe is considering a variety of options, including individual onsite systems with pressurized pumps, small group treatment options, offsite treatment by others, or combining with other valley residents (who would not be affected by dam removal) to create a community treatment system.

    Since the release of the 1996 EIS, two species of fish cited for restoration have been listed as threatened, and the NPS has worked with USFWS and NMFS staff to further address these species during and following dam removal. Keeping the rearing channel open for chinook salmon production and modifying road culverts within the park to provide access for bull trout to additional tributary habitat are examples of some of the additional actions that the SEIS will examine.

    Environmental Issues     Updated and additional information relevant to decision-making will be presented in the SEIS. In addition to the points summarized above, further detail has been added to the revegetation plan for the areas currently inundated by the reservoirs; thus, potential impacts of actions associated with such revegetation will be addressed. The 1996 EIS envisioned using one or more of nine solid waste disposal areas for rubble and other materials. Some of these may no longer be available, new sites might be added, or recycling of concrete may be economically preferable now.    Water quality or water supply mitigation issues that will be analyzed in the SEIS include impacts of rebuilding the existing rock diversion structure on riparian vegetation, wildlife, water quality and fish; land use related impacts of building permanent water treatment facilities, such as removal of vegetation and soil, use of heavy equipment to build the facilities and its impact on wildlife or visitors, and hazards of using chlorine and other chemicals required for treatment.    Other environmental issues not related to water quality or supply include providing access to Morse Creek and other tributaries for fisheries protection during dam removal, access to seed stock and protection of young plants in revegetating reservoir lands, changes in driving routes for trucks disposing of rubble, or noise of an onsite rubble crushing operation and its potential effects on wildlife and visitors.

    Scoping/Comments     Public scoping for the SEIS will conclude 30-days from the date of publication of this notice. All interested individuals, groups, and agencies are encouraged to provide information relevant to the design, construction, location, or potential environmental effects of desired measures noted above. Please limit comments to the proposal as described in this notice, since prior decisions to restore the ecosystem and anadromous fisheries through dam removal, and selection of the River Erosion alternative as the dam removal scenario, are beyond the scope of environmental impact analysis targeted in the SEIS. [[Page 57836]]

    Additional information and periodic updates will be available at the Web site noted above or by contacting the Elwha Restoration Project Office at (360) 565-1320. All comments must be postmarked or transmitted no later than 30 days from the publication date of this notice; as soon as this date is determined it will be announced on the Web site noted.

    Written comments may be delivered by fax to: 360/565-1325; via e-mail to: Brian_Winter@nps.gov; or via postal mail or hand delivery during normal business hours to: Elwha Restoration Project Office, SEIS Comments, 826 East Front Street, Suite A, Port Angeles, WA 98362.    If individuals submitting comments request that their name or/and address be withheld from public disclosure, it will be honored to the extent allowable by law. Such requests must be stated prominently in the beginning of the comments. There also may be circumstances wherein the NPS will withhold a respondent’s identity as allowable by law. As always: NPS will make available to public inspection all submissions from organizations or businesses and from persons identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations and businesses; and, anonymous comments may not be considered. Decision

    The SEIS will be prepared in accord with all applicable laws and regulations, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), and the NPS Management Policies (2001) and NEPA guidelines (Director’s Order 12). A 60-day public review of the Draft will be initiated upon its release, which at this time is expected in early 2003; then subsequently a Final will be prepared. Issuance of both documents will be announced via local and regional press, direct mailings, on the Web site noted above, and through the Federal Register.

    AS A DELEGATED EIS, THE OFFICIAL RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FINAL DECISION IS THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR, PACIFIC WEST REGION;

    SUBSEQUENTLY THE OFFICIAL RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPLEMENTATION WOULD BE THE SUPERINTENDENT, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    DATED: JULY 9, 2002.

    JOHN J. REYNOLDS,REGIONAL DIRECTOR,

    PACIFIC WEST REGION.[FR DOC. 02-23124

    FILED 9-11-02; 8:45 AM]BILLING CODE 4310-70-P


  • ONP Elwha River Inholders

    Olympic National Park Elwha River Inholders that hold out…

    AND,  THE  133  ELWHA PARK RECREATIONAL INHOLDERS  CAMPSITES THAT WERE WASHED OUT.

    AND SOLD OUT AS WILLING SELLERS.

    The full list of  133 names and dates are below

    There are many tragic stories of private property owners who have lost their private property to the National Park thugs.  Strangely these tales seldom see the light of day.

    SOMETHINGS HAPPEN THAT MUST BE DOCUMENTED, TO BE REMEMBERED

    On Sat, Jul 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM, pearl hewett <phew@wavecable.com> wrote:

    Destroyed Inholder  Private Elwha Recreational Sites

    Frankie White Called me from Oregon yesterday. She owned one of the 134 INHOLDER private Elwha Recreational lots 25 years ago when it was destroyed by ONP. She called it the FLOOD.

    The NPS/ONP gave Frankie three choices on her private property.

    1. Sell you lot to us now for full appraised value.
    2. Sell it to us now, use it for 5 years and we will give you 1/2 of the appraised value.
    3. DO NOTHING and we will take it by immanent domain.

    The White family had enjoyed the ONP private Inholder campsite for 14 years.

    My Dad, George C. Rains Sr. told her not to sell, that the ONP could not take it.

    Their family did not have money to fight. They did not know HOW to fight the ONP.

    They were afraid, they didn’t know what to do, and they sold their site to ONP.

    Frankie said, “I cried and cried, BUT THE ONP LEFT US NO CHOICE, so we sold it to them”

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    SOMETHINGS HAPPEN THAT MUST BE DOCUMENTED, TO BE REMEMBERED

    excerpt from

    [PDF]Conspiracy Exposed – Citizen Review Online

    www.citizenreviewonline.org/2011/Jul/George_Rains_Statements.pdf
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    Jack Del Gussi, John H. Lewis and I created the finest recreational campground facilities the Elwha River has ever known. We subdivided and developed campsites with underground electric power, water system and good roads and restrooms.

    In the course of our development I noticed a small breach through a narrow strip of land on the south of the big island which is owned by the park. I could foresee a lot of damage if something was not done to protect our property below and the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    I contacted Del Hur Industries to get an estimate on what it would cost to plug the breach and put a small rock dike to prevent further damage to our property and the road.

    After getting an estimate I contacted the park people and they would do nothing to help remedy the situation. I also offered to provide free of cost all rip rap from our rock quarry on Little River.

    The problem was ignored. Finally sometime later the river came up high enlarging the breach, washing out a section of the Olympic Hot Springs Road and cut a channel through our development and took out our bridge……

    To this day they have done nothing to remedy the threat and a good portion of our property was destroyed through their sheer negligence. The National Park has no respect  for private property rights and ownership.

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    MAR 29, 2017  To this day they have done nothing to remedy the threat to the Olympic Hot Spring Road, our access to our inholder property is gone and a good portion of our property is still being destroyed through their sheer negligence. The National Park has no respect  for private property rights and ownership.

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    Destroyed Inholder  Private Elwha Recreational Sites

    There are many tragic stories of private property owners who have lost their private property to the National Park thugs.  Strangely these tales seldom see the light of day.

    WAS A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY “A WILLING SELLER”  LIKE FRANKIE WHITE, TO THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK ?

    INHOLDERS ELWHA PARK RECREATIONAL CAMPSITES
    Hand written sales by George C. Rains Sr.

    Dated Sept. 22, 1970

    Hand written income by George C. Rains Sr.

    ending Dec. 1973

    TOTAL CAMPSITES (133) Documented
    OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD CLALLAM COUNTY WA
    NUMBER OF CAMPSITES SITES DESTROYED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?
    NUMBER OF DESTROYED SITES PURCHASED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?
    OWNER PURCHASE PRICE
    1 Donald Salonen $2,500.00
    2 Peters, Jones and Salonen $2,500.00
    3 Peters and Jones $2,500.00
    4 McGinnis $2,500.00
    5 Mahoney $2,500.00
    6 Woodley $2,500.00
    7 Wenko $2,500.00
    8 James Arnold $2,500.00
    9 Cedon and Koski $2,500.00
    10 Louise Colby $2,500.00
    11 Adeline Knopman $2,500.00
    12 Uklenbott $2,500.00
    13 Donald Bray $2,500.00
    14 Adams $2,500.00
    15 Ainsworth $2,500.00
    16 Correia $2,500.00
    17 McDonald $2,500.00
    18 Gilbert Spenser $2,500.00
    19 McEachern $2,500.00
    20 Hutchinson $2,500.00
    21 Abbot $2,500.00
    22 Purvis $2,000.00
    23 McDonald $2,000.00
    24 Rylandar $2,500.00
    25 Rylandar $2,500.00
    26 Haggerty $2,500.00
    27 Croven- Byers $2,500.00
    28 Byers $2,500.00
    29 Karl Gustfason $2,500.00
    30 Anton $2,500.00
    31 Mitchel $2,500.00
    32 Gregon $2,500.00
    33 Knotek $2,500.00
    34 Paulis $2,500.00
    35 Inglin and Miemyick $2,500.00
    36 Stiles $2,500.00
    37 George Rains Jr. $2,500.00
    38 rest room priceless
    39 restroom priceless
    40 Corbin Cook $2,500.00
    41 Wheeler $2,500.00
    42 Scanano $3,200.00
    43 Cargo $3,200.00
    44 Yeaw $3,200.00
    45 Loopt and Lyman $2,500.00
    46 Loopt and Lyman $2,500.00
    47 Taylor $2,500.00
    48 Scoles $2,500.00
    49 Thocker $2,500.00
    50 Hansen $2,500.00
    51 Hansen $2,500.00
    52 Buchnell $2,500.00
    53 Robert Wry $2,500.00
    54 Larsen $2,500.00
    55 Tony Masi $2,500.00
    56 Glidden $2,500.00
    57 Stefono $2,500.00
    58 Johnny Key $2,500.00
    59 Lars gustofson $2,500.00
    60 Locks Louchs $2,500.00
    61 Louchs $2,500.00
    62 Reidel $2,500.00
    63 George Rains Jr. $2,500.00
    64 Don Kono $2,500.00
    65 George Rains Sr. $2,500.00
    66 Christanson $2,500.00
    67 Lee York $2,000.00
    68 George Rains Sr $2,500.00
    69 Don Kono $2,500.00
    70 Donald Arnold $2,500.00
    71 Creten $2,500.00
    72 Harry Arnold $2,500.00
    73 Nona Rains Preston $2,500.00
    74 Grauberger $2,000.00
    75 Grauberger-George Stevens $2,000.00
    76 Nona Rains Preston $2,500.00
    77 Libby $2,000.00
    78 Christensen $2,000.00
    79 Burchnell $2,000.00
    80 Owens $2,500.00
    81 Owens $2,500.00
    82 Owens $2,500.00
    83 Waldron $2,500.00
    84 30 foot road $2,500.00
    85 23-7 and 8 $2,800.00
    ADDITIONAL SALES 1970-1973
    PAYMENTS MADE BY
    86 Chester Blevins
    87 Clarence Colby
    88 Micheal Sanders
    89 Howell
    90 Klahn
    91 Wagstaff
    92 Joe Chase
    93 Donald Brady
    94 Glen Larson
    95 Micheal Sconogo
    96 Warren Schrader
    97 Barrow Sahor
    98 Nesbit
    99 Herbert Sahor
    100 Leonard Schroeder
    101 Jack Clark
    102 Mary Knapman
    103 Austin Glidden
    104 Dorothy Wheeler
    105 Joseph Mahoney
    106 William Bucknell
    107 Leonard McDaniel
    108 Wallace Adams
    109 Dom Solomen
    110 Max Ainsworth
    111 Robert McGinnis
    112 Earl Blevines
    113 Glen Waldron
    114 Elmer Wenko
    115 Donald Reidel
    116 Norman Taylor
    117 Gilbert Spencer
    118 Bill Preston
    119 Fred Correai
    120 Bert Wall
    121 Bertha Knotek
    122 Kenneth Owens
    123 Wallace Louchs (1)
    124 Wallace Louchs (2)
    125 Russel Stark
    126 Peter Lucal
    127 Peter Busch
    128 L. Durfraine
    129 Donald Bray
    130 James Howell
    131 Landoher
    132 James Klohn
    133 Michael Gort
    134 Tom Tinklham
    135 Bert Reid

  • Marv Chastian – Back to 1492

    Marv Chastian – Back to 1492

    A plan which is now in process of becoming federal policy ~ was hatched many years ago by two radical eco-freaks – Dave Forman the Earthfirst guy and Oregon State prof, Reed Noss.

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    “It is a bold attempt to grope our way back to October 1492 and find a different trail, a trail overgrown and nearly forgotten” – Words of Dave Forman, founder of Earth First – and more recently, a director of The Sierra Club. He goes on to describe his intellectual child, The Wildlands Plan: “We seek wolf tracks rather than gold” . . “Return big, charismatic species such as buffalo, grizzly bears, elk, wolves, puma (otherwise known as cougars) to their pre-Columbian haunts.” These are words he used to describe his plan for America – about 20 years ago. At the time, it appeared to be just another crazy rant. Today, it is a shadow plan being stealthily realized by government fiat.
    He goes on: “a vast system of connected wilderness reserves that would crisscross the continent . These reserves would dwarf the largest national parks. Rather than build roads, laborers would remove existing ones, along with dams, power lines and other human-made structures. Planners would choose the reserve sites with plants and animals, not people , in mind, selecting them not for recreational opportunities, but for their ecological potential. Up to half the contiguous United States would be involved in a transformation whereby “islands” of civilization would be surrounded by wilderness tracts and corridors.”
    Note: since the animals would be connected, the people would not – except by air – and probably we would be forbidden to use airplanes, since they might disturb the animals.

    “We live for the day when grizzlies in Chihuahua have an unbroken connection to grizzlies in Alaska, when grey wolf populations are continuous from New Mexico to Greenland, when vast, unbroken forests and flowing plains again thrive and support pre-Columian populations of plants and animals”. So says Forman and co-author Reed Noss, prof at Oregon State in Corvallis, OR.

    50 Grizzlies require about 12 million acres – about a dozen Olympic National Parks)

    “Our goal is to create a new political reality based on the needs of other species”, Forman. In 1492, Cholera, rabies, smallpox, yellow fever were rampant. Without modern medicine, industry, etc and with people stacked up in big city high rises, they would become rampant again.

    You can bet the half of the US to be converted to an animal park is the Western Half – not the Eastern. It starts with places such as the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. Not too many people live here. It you destroy their livelihoods and industry, they will leave on their own.

    This is the philosophy behind the Elwha fiasco. Salmon is simply a word thrown in to get the backing of the public. But destroying the only spawning area for Elwha salmon certainly is not the way to enhance them. Forman’s dream is coming true. Do you like it?

    Government has already torn up many forest roads. Bureaucrats are working to deny people water, insist on huge “buffer zones” for most everything. They like to call it “science”. But it has all the earmarks of religion. Real science is that which you can prove. Unproven theories can just as easily be religion as science.

    For a dozen years bureaucrats working on unproven theories have denied us the use of a fabulous 70 acre piece of ground right next to the Port Angeles harbor. A few years ago, they denied us the valuable use of another large tract of waterfront property using the tribe as their excuse. The (so called) natives are simply immigrants who’s ancestors got here earlier than our European ancestors. Yet the WILD LANDS plan hints that maybe they will be allowed to stay in the great animal park to hunt with bow and arrow? I don’t think so. But, the idea is loaded with sentimentality – so they use it.

    One interesting and revealing clue about the true philosophy of modern “animal rights activists” is their selection of the species they attribute rights to. They are nearly all predators. Early settlers battled hugely against predators. Predators killed their livestock and sometimes people. To encourage people with the necessary skills and weapons, they put bounties on wolves and other predatory creatures. And I recall from my youth, men I knew who made their living off those bounties. Today, those bounties have been replaced with fines and/or imprisonment if you do kill predators. All of that helps to discourage folks from living in the country and eliminates attractive species (deer, elk, mountain goats, etc)

    I have video that shows salmon runs in the Elwha were excellent 50 years after the dams were built. Also video of the gorgeous Trumpeter Swans which visit the Elwha each winter – but not again after this coming one, and video showing the disgusting landscape and air full of rock dust when the upper lake was drawn down by only 10% back in the 90s. If your group would like to see it, let me know.

    marv@marvchastain.com

    Back to 1492

    I introduced you to MARV CHASTAIN

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    Let me re-introduce you to GEORGE C. RAINS SR. my Dad.

    The Long Range Plan of NPS 1944-2016

    The Long Range Plan of NPS 1944-2016

    In a conversation at Sol Duc Hot Springs between the acting Olympic National Park Superintendent Preston Macy and my father George C. Rains Sr. in 1944.

    “George, I should not tell you this, but the long range plan of the National Park Service is to take the whole Olympic Peninsula over and put it in the Olympic National Park and move everyone off the Olympic Peninsula.”

    JULY  2011, POSTED  BY CITIZENS REVIEW ONLINE

    Conspiracy Exposed – Citizen Review Online

    www.citizenreviewonline.org/2011/Jul/George_Rains_Statements.pdf

    The notarized document “Conspiracy Exposed” was written on Oct. 8,1992 by. George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old. The referenced “Conspiracy” was …

    Another chapter in the Book of Revelations by Pearl Revere

    The Long Range Plan of the National Park Service 1944-2016  is Exposed

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    My Dad and Marv are gone….

    They were two old timers with a history and  they had “living memories” of how it used to be in America. They spent many years of their lives trying to protect our rights.

    Dad and Marv may rest in peace, now that Donald J. Trump is President of the United States Of America

    They were two of many, since day one, who acknowledged, encouraged, supported and enabled me in my endeavor to become an American Somebody.

    Jan 26, 2011, American Citizens were afraid of what their  government was going to do to them.   That was unacceptable to me. And, I thought somebody should do something about that. Then I realized I was somebody, and I have been doing something about that ever since.

    Donald J. Trump is President. I have “living memories” of how it used to be in America.

    Behind My Back | Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/02/13/find-your-park-forget-me-not/

    Feb 13, 2016 – UNBELIEVABLE… Find Your Park Forget Me Not. Built in 1910 and 1926 respectively, the Elwha dam (108 feet high) and Glines Canyon dam …
    And, I shall continue to support my President.

     


  • WSDOT is Planning the New Elwha Bridge

    WSDOT is Planning The New Elwha Bridge

    Replacing the  Elwha River Bridge is a “Federal” top down government issue.

    I emailed my Mar 9, 2017 comment to the elected that should be concerned?   And others that are genuinely concerned.

    WSDOT is working now on (option #7)  bridge design, environmental issues, land acquisition, permitting and programming. MAR 3, 2017.

    WSDOT is ONLY planning the “Transportation” future of Clallam County’s  lifeline of highway 101.

    I saw the new proposed option #7 bridge design on Mar 7, 2017, and I immediately saw the possibilities for CLALLAM COUNTY’S ECONOMIC  FUTURE LIFELINE OF TOURISM.

    The bad news  on Mar 7, 2017?  I was informed that  there has been NO planning, cooperation or coordination between WSDOT and Clallam County elected officials on the New Elwha Bridge. period

    Someone suggested that I go to a Commissioners meeting, and give them my two (2) minutes worth.

    This is not a bottom up government issue, this is a top down government issue.

    “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

    So as a concerned Clallam County citizen I posted this on my website.

    The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop?

    Posted on March 9, 2017 10:29 am by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop? The possibilities are endless

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    Indeed, Replacing the  Elwha River Bridge is a “Federal” top down government issue. I emailed my comment to the elected that should be concerned?   And others that are genuinely concerned

    WA State’s elected Federal Rep. Derek Kilmer and his new local rep.

    WA State elected Reps Steve Tharinger, Kevin Van DeWege, and Mike Chapman.

    Clallam County elected Commissioners, Mark Mosias, Bill Peach and Randy Johnson, and, elected DCD director Mary Ellen Winborn.

    I sent it to WSDOT as a public comment

    I sent it  ONP Brian Winters project manager for the Dam Removals. As an informed Clallam County citizen there is also the issue of Federal accountability, responsibility, restoration for the irreparable destruction of the bridge caused by the removal of the Elwha River Dams and the tribes manmade log jams upriver from the bridge.

    Behind My Back | Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/…/battered-by-dam-removal-elwha-bridge-destroye…

    Jan 11, 2017 – Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE MARCH 11, 2016 Andy Ritchie, project …

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    And the cost of replacing the Battered Elwha River Bridge is only $29.5 million dollars of tax payers money.

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    A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE

    The feds removed the Elwha River Dams. The Tribes got what they wanted for the fish, the Feds financed the removal of the Elwha River Dams with citizens taxpayer money. When the feds removed the dams, the citizens of Clallam County were the biggest losers. Citizens  lost their clean inexpensive hydro electric power producing dams, flood protection, and water storage for drought.

    The tribes were allowed by the feds to install huge manmade log jams for the fish on the Elwha River inside the Olympic National Park.

    During subsequent  flooding events, Nov 17, 2015, a devastating flood event occurred, the 300,000 public tourists and  private land Inholders  access road to Olympic National Park was lost, Gated by the ONP.

    During subsequent  flooding events the huge logs from the tribes manmade log jams became battering rams that destroyed public and Inholder campground recreational facilities. And, eventually battered and destroyed the Elwha River Bridge.

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    Restitution from  the federal government to the citizens of Clallam County for the financial loss incurred by the removal of the Elwha River Dams, is long overdue.

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     March 7, 2017  After looking at the WSDOT plans for the New Elwha Bridge and the  importance of Norm’s Resort property plus the WDFW boat launch property combined is nearly 50 acres of previously developed recreational land.

    The importance to the citizens of Clallam County, the economic necessity for tourism, Indeed, the possibilities and opportunity for a Clallam County rest stop, picnic area, a river walk on both sides of the Elwha River, that could provide another new Clallam County Recreational Park.

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    WSDOT is planning Clallam County’s transportation future. period

     The limited opportunities to get the rest area/river walk/picnic area/camping area idea in front of WSDOT in support of coordinated planning with the Clallam County Board of commissioners, prompted the posting on my website.

    The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop?

    Clallam County elected representatives should be in position “NOW”  to plan the Economic future of its citizens with WSDOT so they can do something about it “NOW”

     “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

    How important is Clallam County’s economy

    Mar 12,2017 I called our local newspaper  PDN and  and radio station KONP

    They have access to my comment “The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop?”

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    I was reminded, that there is public tourist recreational access on the Elwha River

    The Highway 112  The Elwha River Trail bridge.   This segment of ODT starts with a crossing of the Elwha River on a new 586 ft trail bridge suspended 70 ft above the river underneath the auto deck. with views of the river and flood plain below.

    INDEED, THE ODT A CYCLING DREAM COME TRUE

    ATTRACTION: MOUNTAIN BIKE ENTHUSIASTS

    MAY YOU BE YOUNG ENOUGH AND FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO RIDE THE DREAM!

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    PUBLIC RECREATIONAL ACCESS TO ELWHA RIVER PUBLIC FACILITIES

    TO THE EXCLUSION OF OTHERS THAT ARE TOO OLD, DISABLED AND HAVE  LESS INCOME?

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    The New Elwha Bridge and Norm’s Resort

    Who’s Norm?  What’s he got to do with it?

    IN 1979  Norm’s Resort on the Elwha River gave free public recreational access on ten or more acres of private land.

    Norm’s Resort  was at the intersection of the Highway 101 Elwha River Bridge and the defunct Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    As a  witness with living memory of what Norm’s Resort provided to our community

    Norm’s Resort provided “we the people”  and tourists with free public access,  a peaceful walk on the banks of the Elwha River under towering trees, fishing holes to fish in, a store, cabins, picnic area and rental boats.

    What a store it was… a very public establishment with very friendly people, food, snacks and then there was the fishing tackle.

    How do I know all this stuff about NORM’S RESORT?  because it was personal.

    In 1979, my two teenage sons and i spent an entire summer at our family Elwha River. “Inholders” recreational property inside the Olympic National Park,  accessed using the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    The boys spent half of their time fly fishing, and the other half of their time walking 3 miles on the Olympic Hot Springs Road (one way) down to NORM’S RESORT to replenish their mosquito flies.

    The old guys met, drank coffee, socialized and even spent their time to teach my boys how to play “Ship Captain and Crew”

    NORM’S RESORT  was the go to Place. And it was very busy.

    Got tourists? Need fishing gear? Got milk? Need groceries?

    Indeed, in 1979 Clallam County had millions of tourist and our city and county flourished.

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    i could stop at this point because it’s personal, But I won’t because IT IS PERSONAL

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    Later in the early 1980’s, Norm’s Resort provided their  boats to the Clallam County  Law Enforcement Explorer Post.( LEEP’S)  for search and rescue.

    As a  witness with living memory of  what NORM’S RESORT PROVIDED TO OUR COMMUNITY

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    A drunk driver missed the curve at the Elwha River bridge on highway 101.

    Directly in front of NORM’S RESORT, the truck flipped upside down as it plunged into the river

    A  young woman was thrown from the truck and missing in the Elwha River.

    The response was Clallam County search and rescue, the Sheriff’s Dept. dive team, Reserve’s and The Law Enforcement Explorer Post.( LEEP’S) and an advisor (Pearl Hewett).

    NORM volunteered his small rental row boats to The Law Enforcement Explorer Post.

    ( LEEP’S) SEARCH AND RESCUE TEENAGERS and an advisor (Pearl Hewett) so they could search for young woman.

    The Sheriff’s Dept. dive team gave up their search and left.

    With due diligence and perseverance the  ( LEEP’S) SEARCH AND RESCUE TEENAGERS and an advisor (Pearl Hewett) continued the search up and down the river in the NORM’S RESORT small rental row boats.

    That afternoon a 14 year old member of the LEEP and an advisor (Pearl Hewett) found  the body of the young woman, pinned underwater in a log jam, on an island in the middle of the Elwha River.

    (I could stop at this point)

    But, I won’t…. It was a traumatic incident for both the 14 year old and myself.

    Our boat came to rest in the log jam directly over her body, her lost wooden clog was above her,  an unbearable  view of her.  The 14 year old boy jumped up to get out of the boat, I made him sit down, he said he was going to be sick.

    The Elwha River was roaring so loudly it took us over a half an hour of yelling to attract the attention of someone one the east bank. (no cell phones back then)

    Using hand gestures we indicated that we had found her body.

    We sat in the boat and waited. while another teenage  LEEP ran up to Norm’s store and called the Sheriffs Dept.

    We sat in the boat and waited  until the Sheriff Dept Dive team arrived.

    We sat in the boat and watched as the Dive team tied off her body so it would not  be washed downstream.

    We sat in the boat and watched as she was pulled across the river and laid face down in a sheriff’s Dept. boat.

    Traumatic? face down? because rigor had her knees bent and set at a 90 degree angle ….and the purple socks she was wearing….

    THE PDN REPORTED on the incident

    WITH NO MENTION OF THE PART THE TEENAGE  LAW ENFORCEMENT EXPLORER POST.( LEEP’S) PLAYED in finding and recovering.

    Indeed, the destruction of NORM’S RESORT is personal.

    AND NOW 2017 ?  use the same worst case scenario?

    A drowning recovery on the Elwha River without Norm’s Resort and his small rental boats?

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    Yep… It’s Personal…

    IN 1979 WE HAD FREE ACCESS TO ELWHA RIVER  RECREATION ON PRIVATE LAND

    IN 2013 REQUESTS WERE MADE IN PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE SHORELINE MANAGEMENT UPDATE (SMP)

    REQUESTING, THAT THE NEARLY 50 ACRES IN U.S.A. LIMBO LAND, SHOULD BE GIVEN TO CLALLAM COUNTY FOR PUBLIC ACCESS.

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    MAR 3, 2017 ENGINEERS ARE LOOKING AT BUILDING A 36-FOOT-WIDE BRIDGE WITH 12-FOOT LANES FOR VEHICLES AND 6-FOOT PEDESTRIAN LANES, WYNANDS SAID.

    MAR 9, 2017 I posted, The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop? The possibilities are endless

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    March 13, 2017 Rep Derek Kilmer’s News Letter….

    Subject: Helping Those in Need

    Kilmer’s bottom line,  PLEASE DON’T HESITATE TO HOLLER IF I CAN BE OF ASSISTANCE.

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    MARCH 14, 2017,  I  post another comment first

    “WSDOT is Planning The New Elwha Bridge”

    Then, I email my comment to the elected that should be concerned?  

    And others that are genuinely concerned.

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    HELLO REPRESENTATIVE DEREK KILMER…..

     I AM REQUESTING THAT THE NEARLY  50 ACRES OF HISTORIC PUBLIC RECREATIONAL IN CLALLAM COUNTY, OWNED BY THE U.S.A. IN LIMBO LAND,   BE GIVEN BACK TO THE CLALLAM COUNTY etal.,  ELECTED COMMISSIONERS FOR THE ECONOMIC RECOVER OF TOURISM.

    Other opportunities,  I encourage anyone interested, from the public side of this equation, to send a comment to your elected federal state representative, a comment for WSDOT

    And, a note of support, for the idea to the Clallam County Board of commissioners.

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    Department of Transportation designing new Elwha River bridge for …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/department-of-transportation-designing-new-elw…

    Mar 3, 2017 – Department of Transportation designing new Elwha River bridge for … after funding and permitting the new bridge, plans would likely move …

    The public overwhelmingly told DOT it should replace the bridge and put it on a new alignment. The cities of Forks and Port Angeles, Clallam County and the Port of Port Angeles also urged DOT to build on a new alignment.

    DOT is working now on bridge design, environmental issues, land acquisition, permitting and programming, Wynands said.

    ENGINEERS ARE LOOKING AT BUILDING A 36-FOOT-WIDE BRIDGE WITH 12-FOOT LANES FOR VEHICLES AND 6-FOOT PEDESTRIAN LANES, HE SAID.

    He said the hope is DOT will acquire funding during this legislative session. DOT has submitted its budget and requested about $29.5 million, he said.


  • Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam County, Washington

    This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted February 12, 2016.

    HISTORIC PLACES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK

    15 Elwha River Hydroelectric Power Plant
    Elwha River Hydroelectric Power Plant
    December 15, 1988
    (#88002741)
    N end of Lake Aldwell
    48°05′42″N 123°33′18″W
    Port Angeles
    18 Glines Canyon Hydroelectric Power Plant
    Glines Canyon Hydroelectric Power Plant
    December 15, 1988
    (#88002742)
    N end of Lake Mills at Elwha River
    48°00′11″N 123°35′54″W
    Port Angeles

    Things happen that should always be remembered.

    ARE YOU AS SHOCKED AS I AM? Who knew that our Elwha River and Glines Canyon Hydroelectric power plants were placed on on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam County, Washington on Dec 15, 1988?

    UNBELIEVABLE… Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    Built in 1910 and 1926 respectively, the Elwha dam (108 feet high) and Glines Canyon dam (210 feet high) provided the only power to a lumber mill town called Port Angeles, situated on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

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    Just, a town called Port Angeles? Port Angeles WA has been our Rains family town for 96 years.

    Find Your park tell your story. Olympic National Park is my park, this is a continuation of my inside story, I have known the Olympic National Park from the inside out for over 70 years. I was an INHOLDER in at Sol Duc Hot Springs inside the  Olympic National Park in 1944 and I still am an ONP INHOLDER inside the park, on the Elwha River,  Sat Feb 13, 2016.

    Forget Me Not

    Things happen that should always be remembered.

    Who remembers? Who Cares?

    History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill..

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    SO WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARKS LAKES AND HISTORIC ELWHA RIVER HYDROELECTRIC POWER PLANTS?

    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    So, the tribes, along with environmental groups, began petitioning for restoration of the Elwha and its salmon runs. In 1992, their petitions were heard and President George H.W. Bush signed legislation to allow the federal government to buy the dams and begin conducting studies regarding the feasibility of their removal.

    Bush signed legislation… a document of historical interest, it’s only 8 pages long.

    January 3, 1992 H.R.4844 An Act To restore Olympic National Park and the Elwha River ecosystem and fisheries in the State of Washington.

    For local tribes and environmental advocates, it was time to go to work.

    Hundreds of environmental studies later, the decision to remove the dams was finalized.

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    The Supplemental EIS lists the proposed flood mitigation contained in the 1996 Final Environmental Impact Statement and the proposed changes to that list.

    You can find the Supplemental EIS  a document of historical interest, it’s only 366 pages long at:

    http://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/nature/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=136240

    THEN WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARKS LAKES AND HISTORIC POWER PLANTS?

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    World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After …

    news.nationalgeographic.com/…/140826-el…
    National Geographic Society

    Aug 27, 2014 – “Thirty years ago, when I was in law school in the Pacific Northwest, removing the dams from the Elwha River was seen as a crazy, wild-eyed …

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    Find Your park tell your story. Olympic National Park is my park.

    Who knew the Olympic National Park Altair and Elwha River’s Campgrounds Community Kitchens  were placed on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Clallam County, Washington on July 13, 2007?

    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    The Campground Community kitchens were built by the CCC Elwha Camp #935, project 60 in 1933.

     

    2 Altair Campground Community Kitchen
    Altair Campground Community Kitchen
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000732)
    Approx. 4 mi. S of US 101
    48°00′42″N 123°35′30″W
    Port Angeles

    It’s a Place its a thing

    12 Elwha Campground Community Kitchen
    Elwha Campground Community Kitchen
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000735)
    3 miles south of U.S. Route 101 in Washington
    48°01′39″N 123°35′13″W
    Port Angeles

    Olympic National Park is my park

    13 Elwha Ranger Station
    Elwha Ranger Station
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000716)
    Approximately 3 miles southeast of WA 101 on the Olympic Hot Springs Rd.
    48°01′00″N 123°35′27″W
    Port Angeles

    The Olympic Hot Springs Road is my road.

    THIS ROAD WAS THE HISTORIC “GATEWAY TO THE OLYMPICS”

    Who remembers? Who Cares? History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill..

    The National Park Service,  HISTORICALLY rewrites, renames, redirects, obscures, excludes, deletes and destroys,  much of the HISTORY of the Olympic National Park

    Things happen that should always be remembered. in 1909 The Olympic Hot Spring Resort  was a flourishing tourist destination.

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    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    Repairs and widening of 22 miles of the Olympic Hot Spring Road was done by  the CCC Elwha Camp #935, project 60 in 1933-1934.

    Access to the Olympic National Park interconnected ROAD AND TRAIL SYSTEM belongs to all of us.

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    The Sol Duc River Shelter?

    The renamed as Canyon Creek Shelter, renumbered as #07000712, coordinates missing? image missing? Approximate distance from wherever? is and was  the Sol Duc Shelter.

    The Sol Duc River Shelter was my Shelter inside the Olympic National park in 1944.

    Who remembers? Who Cares? History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill..

    The National Park Service,  HISTORICALLY rewrites, renames, redirects, obscures, excludes, deletes and destroys,  much of the HISTORY of the Olympic National Park

    30 North Fork Sol Duc Shelter Upload image
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000725)
    Approx. 9.5 mi. from North Fork Sol Duc Trailhead
    47°59′56″N 123°45′42″W
    Port Angeles
    5 Canyon Creek Shelter
    Canyon Creek Shelter
    July 13, 2007
    (#07000712)
    Approximately .9 miles north of the Upper Sol Duc River Trailhead
    Coordinates missing
    Port Angeles

    Find Your Park Forget Me Not

    It’s a Place… it’s in the Olympic National Park, tell your story, things happen that should never be forgotten.

    to be continued…

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    There are 49 properties and districts listed on the National Register in Clallam County.

    This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Clallam County, Washington, United States. Latitude and longitude coordinates are provided for many National Register properties and districts; these locations may be seen together in a map.[1]


  • Find Your Park Find Olympic Hot Springs?

    Olympic Hot Springs?

    Unaware that years ago Olympic Hot Springs was home to a legendary resort?

    The bottom line…

    “In addition, most of the Olympic Peninsula is part of the Olympic National Park and therefore closed to exploration”.

    You’ll never guess where I found that quote.

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    NOW, LET’S GET DOWN TO THE HISTORY OF…..

    Olympic Hot Springs – Arcadia Publishing

    About the author Born and raised in Port Angeles, author Teresa Schoeffel-Lingvall’s family owned and operated the Olympic Hot Springs resort for 60 years. She is proud to share the resort’s history on behalf of her family.

    Olympic Hot Springs

     

    The Olympic Hot Springs served as a destination resort in the Olympic Mountains near Port Angeles

    Opened to the public in 1909. In the years to follow, cabins, pools, and lodges were constructed along the hillside above Boulder Creek, and the beloved resort thrived with visitors.

    Olympic Hot Springs is located in Olympic National Park, Washington, United States. The springs contain 21 seeps near Boulder Creek, a tributary of the Elwha River.

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    Olympic Hot Springs – Arcadia Publishing

    https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/…/OlympicHotS
    Arcadia Publishing

    The Olympic Hot Springs served as a destination resort in the Olympic Mountains near Port Angeles … Andrew Jacobsen is considered the first to discover the springs, nestled 2,100 feet up in the Elwha River valley, in 1892. … In the years to follow, cabins, pools, and lodges were constructed along the hillside above Boulder …

    About the author Born and raised in Port Angeles, author Teresa Schoeffel-Lingvall’s family owned and operated the Olympic Hot Springs resort for 60 years. She is proud to share the resort’s history on behalf of her family.

    The Olympic Hot Springs served as a destination resort in the Olympic Mountains near Port Angeles, Washington, for 60 years. Andrew Jacobsen is considered the first to discover the springs, nestled 2,100 feet up in the Elwha River valley, in 1892. Today, individuals still hike up the Elwha trail to soak in the earthen pools of mineral water, unaware that years ago it was home to a legendary resort. While on a hunting trip in 1907, Billy Everett, “Slim” Farrell, and Charlie Anderson rediscovered the springs and began work developing the site of Olympic Hot Springs, hewing logs into wood baths and building a cabin and bathhouse along the hillside. Everett went on to become proprietor of the enterprise, which opened to the public in 1909. In the years to follow, cabins, pools, and lodges were constructed along the hillside above Boulder Creek, and the beloved resort thrived with visitors.

    In 1940, the resort was annexed into the Olympic National Park, and it was later closed in 1966.

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    Not only am I aware that it was a legendary resort…

    I, have living memory, of when I was a girl, visiting the beloved  thrived with visitors ,OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS RESORT  with  my family.

    Like I said before, living at Sol Duc Hot Springs was pretty wild, a really great place for  working class families, cabins were affordable at $4.00 a night, a community kitchen for free picnicking, cars draped with drying towels, logger dads in suspenders and cut off pants, for frazzled stay at home moms, kids and the old folks too.

    By comparison, the Olympic Hot Springs Resort was a “swell” luxury resort with all of the  amenities for more well to do people.

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    Statement on Olympic Hot Springs Resort

    by George C. Rains Sr  owner Sol Duc Hot Springs 1944-1953

    It was one of the finest public recreational facilities on the Olympic Peninsula..

    It was originally built and maintained by Everett and Harry Schoefell and family.

    His resort business was very successful for many years. Long leases and plans could be made to maintain and improve his business. When the Olympic Nation Park put the squeeze on Harry Schoefell by giving a lease for only one year at a time. This put a squeeze on improvement programs and you had nothing certain to make improved facilities and maintenance work for the future.

    I was told by Harry Schoefell that all he received in the end from ONP was $10,000.00 for all of his years of work.

    Documented Click here to read the statements of George Rains.

    NOW AND THEN OLYMPIC HOT SPRING RESORT

    Under the stewardship of the National Park System?

    The Olympic Hot Springs resort was abandoned by Olympic National Park and left to deteriorate, after letting nature take its course, of course it was crushed flat with snow.  They say it was eventually torn down? In fact it was obliterated, it was destroyed  completely so that nothing was left, but two small hot mineral pools.  The Olympic Hot Springs Road to the resort was also abandoned by the Olympic National Park and left to deteriorate

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    The Olympic Hot Springs Road, was historically called

    The Gate Way to the Olympic National Park?

    (all historical reference has been wiped)

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    Documentation 1933-1934 widening, repairs and maintenance

    The Olympic Hot Springs Road

    The work program Project 60, outlined for both the main Elwha Camp and the side camp at Slab Camp in the hills southeast of Port Angeles included the construction of roads …. Work plans also called for the widening and straightening of the Olympic (Boulder Creek) Hot Springs Road plus the improvement of several campgrounds (PAEN 1933, 10 June).By early 1934, twenty-two miles of road were completed by the Elwha CCC crews 935. A small crew was about to begin widening the road to Olympic (Boulder Creek) Hot Springs

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    Under the ownership/stewardship of the National Park System?

    The beloved Olympic Hot Springs resort, that thrived  with visitors and recreational opportunities, on public land was obliterated and returned to wilderness for the benefit of “We the People” by Olympic National Park.

    35 years ago in 1997 , There was a narrow overgrown trail to what was left of the Olympic Hot Springs, I took my two preteen nieces on a hike to see what was left

    Under the ownership/stewardship of the National Park System?

     1997  All that was left of the beloved resort were two small pools of steaming mineral water with several naked hikers lounging on logs. Unaware that years ago it was home to a legendary resort?

    The area around the pools was contaminated with human excrement.

     I never went back, is the trail to the Olympic Hot Springs still there?

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee George C. Rains Sr. Estate

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    Last report on the OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS

    Olympic Hot Springs Closed After Dead Body Found | The …

    outdoor-society.com/olympichotspringsclosed-after-dead-body-found/

    On Monday, October 26 2015 Olympic Hot Springs Closed After Dead Body Found

    On Monday, a body was discovered in the Olympic Hot Springs in the Elwha Region of Olympic National Park. The discovery forced the closure of the hot spring areas of one of America’s most popular National Parks. The news is sad, as it appears the 61 year old deceased man from Silverdale, WA died from natural causes. Because the body was discovered in the hot springs, Park officials have decided to close the pools for health and safety concerns.

    The Elwha Region is already mostly closed to access due to the repairs of the Whiskey Bend Road leading to some of the best hikes in the area. With the closure of the Hot Springs, the Elwha might be a place to skip for a few weeks??? until things return to normal.

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     Update Feb. 6, 2016… last ONP updates?

    Current Road Conditions – Olympic National Park (U.S. …

    Olympic Hot Springs (Elwha) Road Closed (storm damage) 1/17/16
    The road is closed due to a washout just north of Elwha Campground, about 1 mile from the park boundary. Closed to public entry beyond the washout.

    Trail Conditions – Olympic National Park (U.S. National Park .

    Boulder Creek Trail Trailhead to Olympic Hot Springs 2.5 miles 1800′ to 2061′ Olympic Hot Springs Road closed to all public entry beyond the road washout by the Elwha Campground.

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     Feb. 6, 2016 online Planning your summer vacation?

    Visiting the Elwha Valley – Olympic National Park (U.S. …Pl

    www.nps.gov/olym/…/visiting-the-elwha.htm
    National Park Service

    The Elwha Valley is located in the central northern area of Olympic National Park. … The Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road offer sightseeing …

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     Feb. 6, 2016 online Hiking Resources?

    Olympic Hot Springs — Washington Trails Association

    www.wta.org › Find a Hike › Hiking Guide
    Washington Trails Association

    Hiking Resources … Olympic Hot Springs. OlympicOlympic Peninsula — Northern Coast … Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano – Mountaineers Books).

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    Feb. 6, 2016 online trip adviser and camp sites?

    Olympic Hot Springs (Olympic National Park, WA): Address …

    www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g143047-d146058…
    TripAdvisor

    Olympic Hot Springs, Olympic National Park: See 16 reviews, articles, and 9 … the camp sites of the Olympic National Park and the Washington State camp sites.

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    The bottom line…. I found the quote on the following 270 page report
    file.dnr.wa.gov/publications/ger_gm25_geothermal_res_wa_500k.pdf

    SPRINGS iftc.iuded. in; a; s.gna’M by the. S:.vw,\. OLYMPIC. HOT SPRINGS. SOL DUC ….. studies ted to …. ment of Natural Resources, or the Washington State.

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    The bottom line….
    In addition, most of the Olympic Peninsula is part of the Olympic National Park  and therefore closed to exploration.
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  • Find Your Park – Find the Elwha River

    Find Your Park – Centennial (U.S. National Park Service)

    www.nps.gov/subjects/centennial/findyourpark.htm
    National Park Service

    The National Park Service invites you to find your park! In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016

    Find your Park and Share your story.

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    Olympic National Park is my park and this is my inside story

    Things that happen in the OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK  ON THE ELWHA RIVER should always be remembered

    Sep 11, 2011 “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” … was an invitation

    1970 -1973  “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” recreational campsites destroyed

    SUMMER 1976 “SHALL WE LIVE AT THE ELWHA RIVER” NEVERMORE

    Feb 5, 2016  “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” NEVERMORE

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    The bottom line- ALWAYS BRING THE BOTTOM LINE TO THE TOP

    FEB 5, 2016 SHALL WE GATHER AT THE ELWHA RIVER?

    And, join in the Olympic National Park In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service?

    Feb 5, 2016 SHALL WE GATHER AT THE ELWHA RIVER? for recreation

    Quoth the raven “NEVERMORE”

    Indeed, The raven seems to further instigate the distress with its constant repetition of the word “NEVERMORE”

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    MY PARK,  MY ELWHA RIVER’S  UNORTHODOX EULOGY

    Our family private Inholder Elwha River lots are presumed dead, they have been washed away, and all access is being denied to us by the Olympic National Park
    Contrary to what is usually written, what is traditional spoken, or accepted, this written eulogy IS TO DOCUMENT THE CAUSE OF DEATH OF OF OUR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PROPERTY ACCESS, FULL USE AND ENJOYMENT, located in the Elwha River Valley inside the Olympic National Park, by the National Park System.

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    CAUSE OF DEATH?  YOU DECIDE?

    DROWNING?  AFTER? YEARS OF WATER BOARDING PUNISHMENT?

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    PLEASE NOTE

    This nearly 5000 word posting shall be divided into separate, smaller, in more detail, in more manageable individual comments and emailed out to whom it may concern.

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    Sep 11, 2011 “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” was an invitation

    Port Angeles, WA – Long-time local invites public as guests …

    www.citizenreviewonline.org/2011/Sep/invitation_to_remember.html

    Sep 11, 2011 – Shall We Gather At The River on Sat. … The Rains Family wants to share their beautiful Elwha River property with those who would prefer a …

    Sept 5, 2011 Port Angeles, WA – Long-time local invites public as guests to gather on inholder property for a ‘time of remembrance’ for two lakes to be lost to dam destruction

    Posted 9/11/2011

    THIS IS YOUR INVITATION

    “Shall We Gather At The River”

    Sat. Sept. 17, 2011

    The public is invited to be our guest at the Rains Family ONP [Olympic National Park] Inholders property

    Located on the Olympic Hot Springs Road

     For a time of remembrance of what used to be

    Two of the finest public recreational areas on the Olympic Peninsula

    Lake Mills – Lake Aldwell

    Clean energy – Flood control

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee George C. Rains Sr. Estate

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    THESE ARE ANSWERS and comments TO YOUR ONLINE QUESTIONS

     “Shall We Gather At The River” on Sat. Sept. 17, 2011

    Prepare for a primitive day hike, sack lunch, bottled water, pack it in, pack it out.

    This is an opportunity to visit and walk in a place that may soon be lost to the wilderness.

    This is simply an invitation..

    With so many planned events on Sept. 17, 2011, there is no way for anyone to anticipate how many guests we will have.

    There is a rest room at the small camp ground.

    There is a parking lot at the ONP gate.

    We are planning to have Rains Family Inholder property owners at both the ONP gate and at the entrance road to our inholder property.

    Those who attend will be referred to as invited guests of the Rains family.

    I  commit myself to being at our ONP Inholders property from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011  and  I am extending an invitation to the public to be our guest on our private Inholder property.

    The Rains Family wants to share their beautiful Elwha River property with those who would prefer a walk by the river to a gathering at the Pier to watch TV.

     Go West on Highway 101, turn left up the Olympic Hot Springs Road (just before the Elwha Bridge). The Rains Property is through the ONP gate and about 3 miles up the road on your right.

    Retired council mentioned the following;

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    Tell Your story, things happen that should always be remembered.

    With the publicity generated by the June 28, 2011 PDN [Peninsula Daily News] front page picture of Pearl  Rains Hewett and story

     

    2016 Share your Story,  things happen that should always be remembered

    Olympic National Park mea culpa: ‘Inholder’ blocked from …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/…/30628999…
    Peninsula Daily News

    Jun 28, 2011Pearl Rains Hewett stands at a blockade on Olympic Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park on Monday. — Photo by Chris …

    PORT ANGELES — A family with 91-year-old roots in Clallam County was denied vehicle access Saturday onto trust land they own within Olympic National Park.

    Park officials Monday called the incident a misunderstanding.

    Pearl Rains Hewett said Monday that as an “inholder” — an owner of private property within a national park — her sister, Violet Kono of Redmond, should have been allowed to drive Saturday to family property on the Elwha River that lay past a locked gate on Olympic Hot Springs Road, beyond which road construction was taking place.

    Hewett was allowed to drive past the gate Monday after she contacted the Peninsula Daily News and the newspaper inquired about the incident.

    “I would like the national park to be put on notice that you shouldn’t have to go to that extreme to have access to your property,” she said. “Inholders have rights. We pay taxes to Clallam County every year to property on the Elwha.”

    Park Chief Ranger Collin Smith, who was out of town last week, was apologetic.

    “There were some internal communication issues there,” Smith said Monday afternoon.

    “Had I known the road was paved at that point, I would have told [Ranger] Sean [Davis] to let her go through. It was a misunderstanding. Where we made a mistake here is, we should have tried to provide access to them because they’re inholders.”

    Olympic National Park has about 100 inholders mostly at Lake Crescent, Lake Ozette, Lake Quinault and the Oil City area near the mouth of the Hoh River, Smith said.

    Olympic Hot Springs Road will be open to full vehicle access by Wednesday, he added.

    For about three weeks, workers have been repairing the road’s Fisherman’s Corner in preparation for truck traffic generated by the tear-down of the Glines Canyon Dam and its sister edifice, the Elwha Dam, beginning Sept. 17.

    Olympic Hot Springs Road leads to Glines Canyon Dam.

    Traffic will be restricted along the road after Aug. 1 beginning just south of Altair Campground, which will remain open.

    That’s when workers from Barnard Construction Co. Inc. of Bozeman, Mont., will begin traveling the road heavily and staging equipment for the $27 million removal of both dams, intended to restore the Elwha River’s sharply depleted salmon run.

    Hewett said earlier Monday that her sister was told road construction was taking place and that no public vehicles were allowed beyond the gate, Hewett said.

    While Davis was telling the 67-year-old Kono on Saturday morning that the only way she could reach her family property was to hike 2 to 3 miles, a representative of concessionaire Olympic Raft & Kayak and a park biologist unlocked the gate with their own keys and drove through, Hewett said.

    “The worst part was they let a concessionaire up the road, but they won’t let an inholder in,” Hewett said, describing the family-trust property “a very beautiful, special and spiritual place” where family members gather for memorials and the Fourth of July.

    Hewett contended that inholders, as in-park landowners, hold a different legal status than the general public.

    “I think it’s important for us to object to private property rights being violated by anyone, especially when it’s a family that’s lived here for such a long time,” Hewett said.

    Hewett’s grandfather, Osco Rains, (correction George C. Rains Sr) was 6 when he and his family moved to Port Angeles in 1920, Hewett said.

    At one point, the family owned 3,000 acres on the North Olympic Peninsula. They now own 900 acres.

    Senior Staff Writer Paul Gottlieb can be reached at 360-417-3536 or at paul.gottlieb@peninsuladailynews.com.

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    AND THE REST OF MY STORY…

    2016 Share your Story of the National Park Park

    Things happen that should always be remembered

    ACCESS DENIED AND THE REST OF THE STORY

    Access Denied – Olympic Hot Springs Road blockaded and the “rest of the story” – by Pearl Rains Hewett

    Posted 7/26/2011 Access Denied – Olympic Hot Springs Road blockaded and the “rest of the story” by Pearl Rains Hewett

    On June 28, 2011 an article “Access Denied”  with my picture was on the front page of the Peninsula Daily News.

    As Paul Harvey would say, here is “The rest of the story.” for your enjoyment.

    On June 28, 2011 Paul Gottlieb PDN [Peninsula Daily News] called me and asked if I  would meet a photographer at the blockade on the on the Olympic Hot Springs Road, where my sister and her husband had been refused entry,. I said “Sure”  Paul said, “If you both leave now, Chris Tucker will meet you at the gate.”

    I got to the gate first, parked my car and walked over to a little blond guard. I said, “I am an Inholder and I want to go up to my property.”

    She said, “you can’t go in , only people that have business can go through.”

    I said “I have business, I am an Inholder and my property is up the road.”

    The little blond said, “Is your house up there?”

    I said, “No, but, (I saw a black car pull in and park) You see that guy over there? (Chris was walking toward us) He is a photographer from the Peninsula Daily News and he is here to take a picture of you refusing me entry to my property.”

    The little blond looked at Chris and then back at me and said “I have to make a phone call”.

    Chris, had a camera in his hand, we introduced ourselves, I told Chris that I had just been refused entry. We waited about two minutes and the little blond came over and said “You can go right in”.

    Chris asked to take a picture of me in front of the gate, he took 3 or four pictures and then he said, “Now can I have one of you, not smiling?”

    It was a fleeting victory, entry was only made possible by the power of the press.

    See the following if you are interested in the rest, of the rest of the story.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

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    THE REST OF THE – REST OF MY STORY

    Things happen in the Olympic National Park,  should always be remembered

    Click here to read the statements of George Rains.

    1944 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK CONSPIRACY EXPOSED

    The notarized document  “Conspiracy Exposed” was written on Oct. 8,1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.

    The referenced “Conspiracy” was exposed in a conversation at Sol Duc Hot Springs between the acting Olympic National Park Superintendent Preston Macy and my father George C. Rains Sr. in 1944.

    “George, I should not tell you this, but the long range plan of the National Park Service is to take the whole Olympic Peninsula over and put it in the Olympic National Park and move everyone off the Olympic Peninsula.”

    The proof of this conspiracy has and is being proven in the step by step acquisition of private and DNR land by the National Park Service, as this is being written and during the last 19 years from 1992 to 2011.

    The nine page summary includes some of the 48 year history of Clallam County from 1944 to 1992 and is his proof of the conspiracy.

    It’s a good read from a historical standpoint and a cautionary statement to the citizens of Clallam County.

    Could this happen to Clallam County by imminent domain, isolation, regulation, restriction and/or economic starvation?

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    AS done, proposed or referenced in 1992 document
    Sol Duc Hot Springs
    Olympic Hot Springs
    Four Seasons
    Pacific Ocean Coast
    Lake Ozette
    Quinault River
    Lake Quinault
    Lake Mills property loss of fishing
    Removal of Lake Mills Dam loss of flood control and electricity
    Lake Aldwell loss of fishing
    Removal of Lake Aldwell Dam loss of flood control and electricity
    Glines Canyon Dam
    North West Marine sanctuary
    56 miles of tidelands
    Eminent domain of Lake Crescent private property
    Million dollar sewer treatment plant
    Clallam County Roads around Lake Crescent
    Why the Lake Crescent property taken from Jack Olsen became the summer home of  Chief Justice Douglas of the US Supreme court?
    Elwha River Private recreational park destroyed
    Lake Crescent purchase of 79.81 acres of land for $410,000.00
    Control of wetlands
    Taking of corridors on rivers and streams (200 foot?)
    Excessive fees and taxes
    Taking of private property and property rights

    If you have read this far, and are interested in a copy of the full nine page document please contact me.
    Pearl Rains Hewett
    phew@wavecable.com
    (360) 417-9452

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    “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” is a dam shame

    Tell your story, things happen in the Olympic National Park,  should always be remembered.

    Port Angeles, WA – Long-time local invites public as guests to gather on inholder property for a ‘time of remembrance’ for two lakes to be lost to dam destruction

    Saturday, September, 17, 2011 Elwha Dams removal threatens family properties

    by Lois Krafsky-Perry
    Citizen Review Online

    Photos by Lois Krafsky-Perry

    Clallam County, WA – As a large Elwha Dam removal celebration with a reported 400 invited guests was being held on a lower part, of the river, Pearl Rains Hewett and her family held an informal, by invitation only, memorial gathering at their Elwha River property located off Highway 101, west of Port Angeles, up the old Olympic Hot Springs Road. Approximately 50 guests gathered on Saturday, September 17th, at the Rains property for the all-day event. King 5 TV also attended and did an interview with Ms. Rains-Hewett.

    It was necessary to stop at the ranger station and give information and name to Lyn B, the ranger. He said it was not required to pay or show a pass. However, the approach lane had been blocked off, making it necessary to make the stop there.

    Congressional (6th District) candidates Jesse Young and Bob Sauerwein attended the Saturday event, as well as Port Commissioner Jim McEntire, who is running for Clallam County Commissioner District 1.

    The event was in remembrance and celebration of the Rains family’s father George Rains Sr. and his influence, with history of their Clallam County properties, located on the Elwha River.

    Rains-Hewett, concerned for the future of her children and grandchildren, is making a plea to save their river property. The family is concerned about future destruction or their property, which is intended to go to the family members who will be inheriting their properties.

    The mother of three also has ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was joined at the river with her brother George Rains Jr. and sister Violet Rains Kono, Windy Baulden, as well as Pearl’s daughter Joni Howard, who helped with the event. Several other family members also attended.

    When the upper dam was opened in 1976, it flooded the Rains property. Now the threat by dam removal has risen again, and Pearl wants the federal government to consider their plight. She has documented events and is willing to talk to anyone who will listen, on behalf of her family, as well as other land and river owners. She has done much research and is networking with others, who are having similar problems.

    There are many faceted problems facing her and her family. She has documented information from her father, who recorded lists of original in-holders. Many of them are also suffering the threat of land and river tragedies in the future, if the release of water and silt is not stopped somehow.

    When asked, ” What do you want?” she replied that she wants her family and other property owners in Clallam County to have the right to own and keep their own properties.

    Approximately $325 million federal tax dollars has been spent by taxpayers on the Elwha Dams removal.

    There are also major threats to private property owners being felt across the United States, with fear of additional dam destruction and the loss of private property ownership that would cause.

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    back to  Sep 11, 2011 “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER”  was an invitation

    ACCESS DENIED it would be more damaging for ONP to deny access to an Inholder, than to let us in.

    Their is no law that denies my right to invite guests to my private property.

    The sign inside the ONP, on the entrance road, at the gate to our property, states for property owners and guests.

    ONP may try to deny us access for security reasons, using court intervention.

    How can ONP legally deny Inholders and their guests access to private property?

    If ONP has security issues they can barricade the Olympic Hot SpringsRoad beyond our Inholder access road.

    The one thing I am sure of is, on Saturday Sept. 17, 2011, I would rather be walking our beautiful Elwha River property than go down to the Pier to watch a big screen TV, listen to a band and dance.

    This is a time to remember, walk, talk, enjoy the beauty of the day and make plans for our future.

    Photographs? The Elwha River is beautiful, deer, elk, moss covered trees, an occasional spotted owl and perhaps even a sighting of the endangered marbled Merlette.

    We are miles away from the event at the Dam.

    It is my belief that when the Dams are removed, there won’t be any reason to maintain the Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    With the Olympic Hot Springs Road gone “Access will not only be denied, it will be impossible”.

    I believe the ONP portion of the Elwha River Valley will become an inaccessible “Wilderness Area” before the spring of 2012.

    I for one, am not satisfied with watching the invited 400 celebrate our loss on a big screen at the pier.

    If we are refused vehicle entry, we may be taking a little longer walk.

    If I am denied access, I will be at the ONP gate.

    I look forward to seeing you.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee George C. Rains Estate

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    Tell Your story, things happen that should always be remembered.

    Documented Click here to read the statements of George Rains.

    THE ELWHA RIVER VALLEY – WHAT USED TO BE

    OLYMPIC HOT SPRING RESORT

    This Public recreational facility, on public land was destroyed and returned to wilderness for the benefit of “We the People” by Olympic National Park.

    It was one of the finest public recreational facilities on the Olympic Peninsula..

    It was originally built and maintained by Everett and Harry Schoefell and family.

    His resort business was very successful for many years. Long leases and plans could be made to maintain and improve his business. When the Olympic Nation Park put the squeeze on Harry Schoefell by giving a lease for only one year at a time. This put a squeeze on improvement programs and you had nothing certain to make improved facilities and maintenance work for the future.

    I was told by Harry Schoefell that all he received in the end from ONP was $10,000.00 for all of his years of work.

    NOW AND THEN OLYMPIC HOT SPRING RESORT

    The resort was abandoned and left to deteriorate, eventually torn down and the road leading to it was removed  by ONP. This Public recreational facility, on public land was destroyed and returned to wilderness for the benefit of “We the People” by Olympic National Park.

    There used to be an unmaintained trail to what was left of the resort, 35 years ago, I took my two nieces on a hike to Olympic Hot Springs.

    All that was left were two small pools of steaming mineral water with several naked hikers lounging on logs. The area around the pools was contaminated with human excrement.

     I never went back, is the trail to the Olympic Hot Springs still there?

     I Pearl Rains Hewett, have living memory, of when I was a girl, visiting OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS RESORT with  my family and swimming in the pool of mineral water.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee George C. Rains Sr. Estate

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     Tell Your story, things happen that should always be remembered.

    1970 -1973  SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER recreational campsites destroyed

    Documented Click here to read the statements of George Rains.

    I developed one of the finest recreational campground facilities the Elwha River area has ever known. We subdivided and developed it into campsites with underground electricity, water system, good roads and restroom facilities.

    NUMBER OF INHOLDER CAMPSITES SITES DESTROYED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK? 1970-1973- 1976- 2016?

    INHOLDERS ELWHA PARK RECREATIONAL CAMPSITES

    Hand written sales by George C. Rains Sr. Dated Sept. 22, 1970
    Hand written income by George C. Rains Sr. ending Dec. 1973

    TOTAL CAMPSITES (133) Documented
    OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD CLALLAM COUNTY WA
    NUMBER OF CAMPSITES SITES DESTROYED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?
    NUMBER OF DESTROYED SITES PURCHASED BY OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?

    I developed one of the finest recreational campground facilities the Elwha River area has ever known. We subdivided and developed it into campsites with underground electricity, water system, good roads and restroom facilities.

    NOTE: This campground area is where we will gather at the river.

    ( Private recreational campground developments are no longer allowed in Clallam County)

     In the course of the development I noticed a small breach through a narrow strip of land on the south end of the big island which is owned by the Park (ONP). I could foresee a lot of damage if something was not done to protect the property below and the Olympic Hot Springs Road. I contacted Del Hur Industries to get an estimate on what it would cost to plug the breach and put in a small rock dike to prevent further damage to our property and the road.

    After getting the estimate I contacted the Park (ONP) people, and they would do nothing to help remedy the situation. I also offered to provide free from cost all of the rip rap from our rock quarry on Little River.

    The problem was ignored. Finally some time later the river came up high enlarging the breach and washing out a section of the Olympic Hot Springs Road, and cut a channel through our development and took out our bridge.

    The Olympic Hot Springs Road had to be rebuilt by moving it to higher ground on the hillside. At a later date when I was in the area after the road was rebuilt, I noticed men working with a drilling outfit on the east side of the new road. Federal highway crews were doing the work and testing the fault area above the Olympic Hot Springs Road. They informed me that if the rock dike was not build that to keep the river in its original channels, more of the area east of the road would slip into the river. They informed me that the whole hillside for a great distance up the hill was  nothing but a fault ready to sink into the river if the problem was not corrected.

    To this day they (ONP) has done nothing to remedy the threat and a good portion of our property was destroyed through their (ONP) sheer negligence. The National Park Service has no respect for private property ownership and rights.

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    Tell Your story, things happen in Olympic National Park should always be remembered.

    Summer 1976 documented by Pearl Rains Hewett personal account

    My two sons, Delane R. Hewett, Gregory W. Hewett  and I were going to spend the entire summer on my mother’s recreational lot on the Elwha River.  In a beautiful mobile home with a large windowed sunroom attached. Even after the wide spread damage to the recreational area, we still had water and electricity. The extended members of the Rains family were enjoying a carefree summer, the boys fished, sat around the bonfire, hiked, explored and enjoyed an the enchanted ambiance of nature.

    There were occasional sudden releases of water from the Dam that created high water on the river. It concerned me, I reported it to the ONP, we were living out there and we should be notified.

    SUMMER 1976 NOTHING PERSONAL?

    I woke up in the middle of the night to the roaring sound of rushing water, I went to the back door and the water was running over two feet high up onto the steps of the mobile home. I immediately woke up the boys, “We have to get out of here”. In the dark we grabbed what belongs we could fit in the car and drove away. This can be Documented by Sandy Rains, we woke her up and found shelter at her house on that horrendous night  and stayed at she and my brother, George C. Rains Jr. home until we found a rental.

    The entire mobile home and sunroom, where my son’s and I were sleeping, was washed away. The only thing remaining of our private Inholder’s development was the concrete slab and the electrical box.

    Sep 11, 2011 “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER”  was an invitation

    1970 -1973  SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER recreational campsites destroyed

    SUMMER 1976 “SHALL WE LIVE AT THE ELWHA RIVER… NEVERMORE

    Feb 5, 2016  “SHALL WE GATHER AT THE RIVER” is a dam shame

    Feb 5, 2016 Quoth the raven NEVERMORE…..

    The raven seems to further instigate the distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore“.

     Did you or someone you know own one of destroyed sites?

    Tell Your story, things happen that should always be remembered.

    George C. Rains Jr.,  Delane R. Hewett and Gregory W. Hewett are documented legal Inholder property owner’s on the Elwha River.

    We Shall Gather At The River on Sept 17, 2011 in remembrance of all that we have lost.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Trustee of the George C. Rains Sr. Estate

    Inholder and legal owner of Elwha property

    The raven seems to further instigate his distress with its constant repetition of the word “Nevermore“.

    FourC Newsletter 2011.09.15

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    Sep 17, 2011 – Invitation to the Elwha River 9/17 … This weekend the destruction of the dams on the Elwha River will be … “Shall We Gather at the River“.

    In this Issue:
    * Invitation to the Elwha River 9/17
    * Agenda 21 – Why Should You Care?
    This weekend the destruction of the dams on the Elwha River will be “celebrated” in
    Port Angeles. There are many differing opinions as to the reasoning behind the removal of the dams and the potential benefits or devestation that it will cause. The Peninsula Daily News has posted the “celebration” events scheduled for Saturday.
    It is also note worthy to share with you an invitation by Pearl Rains Hewett, an Olympic
    National Park inholder, to gather one more time at the banks of the Elwha before the
    dams are removed. Please see invitation below. Seattle TV stations, King 5 News
    and channel 9 have contacted Mrs. Hewett to cover the event.
    “Shall We Gather at the River”
    Saturday, September 17, 2011
    9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    The public is invited to be our guest at the
    Rains Family Olympic National Park inholders property
    Located on the Olympic Hot Springs Road
    The Rains Family wishes to share their beautiful Elwha River property with those who
    would prefer a walk by the river to a gathering at the Pier to watch TV.
    Prepare for a primitive day hike, sack lunch, bottled water, pack it in, pack it out.
    This is an opportunity to visit and walk in a place that may soon be lost to the
    wilderness.
    This is simply an invitation..
    With so many planned events on Sept. 17, 2011, there is no way for anyone to
    anticipate how many guests we will have.
    There is a rest room at the small camp ground.
    There is a parking lot at the ONP gate.
    We are planning to have Rains Family inholder property owners at both the
    ONP gate and at the entrance road to our inholder property.
    What is an “inholder” in the Olympic National Park?
    An inholder is any person that owns private property located inside of the park.
    The property is in Clallam County and property tax are paid to Clallam County. According to the Peninsula Daily front page story “Access Denied” dated June 28, 2011, the
    re are only 100 inholders left in Clallam County.
    This will be a time of remembrance of what used to be -Two of the finest public recreational areas on the Olympic Peninsula Lake Mills and Lake Aldwell
    I look forward to seeing you there,
    Pearl Rains Hewett
    Trustee George C. Rains Sr. Estate
    As a guest of the Rains family, you cannot be denied access by park officials
    For further information on this and other issues, you may go to:

    FourC NEWSLETTERS | fourcsite.org

    fourcsite.org/newsletters/newsletter/

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    The bottom line- ALWAYS BRING THE BOTTOM LINE TO THE TOP

    FEB 5, 2016 SHALL WE GATHER AT THE ELWHA RIVER?

    And, join in the Olympic National Park In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Park Service?

    Feb 5, 2016 SHALL WE GATHER AT THE ELWHA RIVER? for recreation

    Quoth the raven “NEVERMORE”

    Indeed, The raven seems to further instigate it’s  distress with its constant repetition of the word “NEVERMORE”