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  • The NPS Wild Wilderness SCAM Continues..

    The THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) WILD Wilderness SCAM Continues..

    INDEED, IN AUG, 2016 THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS)  IS CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT OF MORE THAN 84 MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND IN 412 AREAS

    THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) IS $12,000,000,000.00  $12 BILLION DOLLARS BEHIND ON MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR OF AMERICAS NATIONAL PARKS

    Centennial Initiative 2016 – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/nava/learn/…/centennial-initiative-2016.ht…

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 2016, … THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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    THE WILD OLYMPIC CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVERS ACT,

    WHICH WAS REINTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR.

     SO… THE WILD OLYMPICS SCAM CONTINUES IN 2016

    NINTY FIVE PERCENT 95% OF THE MILLION ACRES OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS ALREADY WILD. period

    AND, NINTY FIVE PERCENT 95% OF THE MILLION ACRES OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IS NOT MAINTAINED OR REPAIRED. period

    SO…  the National Park Service (NPS) has mismanaged 84 million acres of public parks for 100 years, to the tune of $12,000,000,000.00  $12 BILLION DOLLARS AND,“BECAUSE THAT MONEY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.”.

    THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS?

     U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR ARE CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF A FAILED NPS BY REINTRODUCING A  BILL THAT WOULD PERMANENTLY TAKE  AND MAKE  MORE THAN 126,000 ACRES OF NEW MISMANAGED WILDERNESS AREAS ON JUST THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA.

    U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE IS UP FOR RE-ELECTION

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    NPR: National parks have a long to-do list but can’t cover the repair costs

    www.npr.org/…/nationalparks-have-a-long-to-do-list-but-cant-cover-the-repair-cos…

    NPR MAR 8, 2016 – THERE IS A NEARLY $12 BILLION MAINTENANCE BACKLOG OF WORK THAT NEEDS … SAYS, “BECAUSE THAT MONEY DOESN’T EXIST IN THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE.”.

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    HOW WILD IS THE WILD WILDERNESS ACT?

    THERE ARE OVER 700 FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES, COVERING MORE THAN 107 MILLION ACRES OF LAND, OR AROUND 5% OF THE UNITED STATES LAND BASE.

     AND THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS) IS  RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GROSS MISMANAGEMENT AND NEGLECT OF  MORE THAN 84 MILLION ACRES OF THAT 107 MILLION ACRES OF PUBLIC LAND IN 412  OF OVER 700 AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES.

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    Centennial Initiative 2016 – National Park Service

    https://www.nps.gov/nava/learn/…/centennial-initiative-2016.ht…

    NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN 2016, … THINGS TO COME AS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS!

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    Using statistics from, MAR 15, 2012

    The Wilderness Act is widely known as one of the nation’s preeminent

    preservation statutes.

    FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS ARE FOUND WITHIN EACH MAJOR CATEGORY OF THE FEDERAL PUBLIC LANDs…….

    1. NATIONAL FORESTS
    2. NATIONAL PARKS
    3. WILDLIFE REFUGES
    4. PUBLIC LANDS MANAGED BY THE BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT (BLM)

    THERE ARE OVER 700 FEDERALLY DESIGNATED WILDERNESS AREAS IN FORTY-FOUR STATES, COVERING MORE THAN 107 MILLION ACRES OF LAND, OR AROUND 5% OF THE UNITED STATES LAND BASE.11

    THE VAST MAJORITY OF WILDERNESS IN THE LOWER FORTY-EIGHT STATES—ABOUT 75%—IS LOCATED  WITHIN ONLY FIVE ECOREGIONS: one desert ecoregion—the Mojave Desert of

    California—and four high elevation ecoregions—the southern and middle

    Rocky Mountains, the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Cascade Mountains of the Pacific Northwest.

    Read more at https://law.lclark.edu/live/files/11181-421zellmerpdf Lewis & Clark Law School

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    July 24, 2016 JUST ASKING?

    WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE REST OF THE GROSSLY MISMANAGED FEDERAL PUBLIC LAND?

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    Wild Olympics | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/category/wildolympics/

    Olympic Peninsula, WA – The Wild Olympics debate has continued locally. ….. CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document was written on …

    Wild Olympics – Oct. 8, 1992 to Oct. 29, 2012

    Commentary by Pearl Rains-Hewett

    Posted 10/29/2012

    CONSPIRACY EXPOSED Oct. 8, 1992 The notarized document  was written on Oct. 8, 1992 by George C. Rains Sr. when he was 77 years old.

    OVER 20 YEARS AGO George C. Rains Sr. WROTE

    How can a Federal Government of ours pay money for things like this when our government is many trillions of dollars in debt?

    This conspiracy will never end unless you people, property owners and tax payers start fighting back to stop the conspiracy and the taking of all our property on the Olympic Peninsula.

     The Olympic National Park has doubled in size to over one million acres or more.

     Most people have no knowledge of these vast encroachments to take our property and property rights on the Olympic Peninsula, and it is time that the truth be known. Land and Power Grab

     The National Park Service has no respect for private property ownership and rights.

     Attempts are being made to grab land corridors on each side of the major rivers on the Olympic Peninsula. If they succeed here attempts will be made to grab land corridors on smaller streams on the Olympic Peninsula.

     Pearl Rains Hewett

    Read on if you are concerned Continue reading

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    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS IS MORE THAN A SCAM

    UNDER THE WILDERNESS ACT OF 1964,

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS, is not a giving of access of public land to THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    indeed,  IT IS A TAKING OF PUBLIC LAND ACCESS, it is a taking of the full use and enjoyment to over 300 million people

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is a dishonest scheme; “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage”

     And basically, call it the ignorance, of American citizens or whatever,

    But basically, the ignorance, of American citizens, is really, really critical for  THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS to pass.”

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is more than a fraud, a thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with accomplishments or qualities.

    THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN  is more than a swindle, using deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions..

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

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    July 18, 2016

    HOW WILD IS THIS LIBERAL NEWS REPORTING?

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     07.18.16

    Map released in support of Wild Olympics campaign; two outdoor retailers touting Peninsula’s nature, recreation

    Two popular outdoor clothing retailers are encouraging their customers to visit the Olympic Peninsula and support the Wild Olympics campaign.

    REI and Patagonia are promoting the Wild Olympics campaign at REI Seattle and online, encouraging customers to experience the diverse nature and outdoor recreation available on the North Olympic Peninsula.

    THE CAMPAIGN SUPPORTS THE PROPOSED WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVERS ACT, WHICH WAS REINTRODUCED LAST YEAR BY U.S. SEN. PATTY MURRAY, D-SEATTLE, AND U.S. REP. DEREK KILMER, D-GIG HARBOR.

    The bill would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of new wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest and 19 Olympic Peninsula rivers and their tributaries as Wild and Scenic Rivers — the first ever on the Peninsula.

    Initiative’s shaping

    The effort comes out of a process involving local communities, businesses and economic leaders of the Olympic Peninsula who helped shape the initiative, organizers said.

    “For those of us that live on the Peninsula, we know about the natural beauty,” said state Rep. Steve THARINGER, A SEQUIM DEMOCRAT who represents the 24th Legislative District. “That’s the advantage of living here.

    “You can choose to walk on the spit or go up in the hills and walk in the Olympics. There’s a lot of folks that don’t know the variety we have here.”

    The North Olympic Timber Action Committee has been looking for a compromise to the legislation for the past several years that would help support the timber industry, said Carol Johnson, executive director.

    NOTAC substantially agrees with the concept of the proposal but wants to remove areas that are routinely logged, she said.

    “What we said is, make some adjustments to the proposal and bring into the plan a timber base that is routinely roaded,” she said.

    “Make that part of the plan so we can have a sustainable harvest level in perpetuity and have our support.”

    Connie Gallant, chair of the Wild Olympics, called the partnership with REI and Patagonia exciting.

    “It is our hope that legislation happens in the near future because it will benefit our economy and environment a great deal,” she said.

    Outdoor recreation groups REI and Patagonia unveiled a new “Destination Wild Olympics” map, highlighting some recreation places in the Wild Olympics proposal.

    To view the map, see http://tinyurl.com/PDN-wildolympicsmap.

    The map highlights some spots on the North Peninsula that locals will know well, including the Dungeness River, Dungeness Spit, Sol Duc River, Sol Duc Falls Trail and local rivers.

    THARINGER SAID one of the goals is to get more people outside the area enjoying the nature that is offered on the Peninsula.

    “It’s a way to highlight the beauty and the wilderness in the park,” he said.

    “When folks are searching on the internet for things to do outside, you’ll never know what will trigger their interest.”

    Port Angeles City Councilwoman SISSI BRUCH SAID she supports the new initiative.

    “The idea of encouraging people who love the outdoors to come to our pristine wilderness areas while supporting their preservation has great synergy,” she said.

    “This, in concert with Port Angeles’ designation as the second-best outdoor town, validates Port Angeles’ status as a world-class outdoor recreation destination and speaks highly of our need to protect this unique and pristine environment.”

    The campaign comes from lawmakers and the outdoor clothing companies’ desires to protect and promote the outdoors, Tharinger said.

    ‘Promoting the outdoors’

    “I served on a GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE with people from REI, and they are interested in promoting the outdoors,” he said.

    “I think it’s a synergy between PATAGONIA, REI AND THE FOLKS INTERESTED IN GETTING THE LEGISLATION PASSED THROUGH CONGRESS.”

    THARINGER SAID there is concern about the designations regarding logging but that he doesn’t see an impact to the commercial logging industry.

    “Making these designations is not going to impact the timber supply, but it does bolster the tourist industry,” he said.

    Free hard copies of the map will also be available at REI retail outlets in the Puget Sound area.
    By:  Jesse Major
    Source: Peninsula Daily News

    The bottom line….

    Basically, the ignorance, of American citizens, is really, really critical for  THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS to pass.


  • WOW Stop the 2016 WILD OLYMPICS

    WOW STOP THE 2016 WILD OLYMPICS

    SAME WILD WA DC  AGGRESSORS

    SAME WAR ON WILD

    Jun 21, 2012 Dicks, Senators Murray and Cantwell and Rep. Kilmer started the WILD WILDERNESS OLYMPICS  WAR ON Jun 21, 2012. H.R. 5995 (112th). To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington….

    AND THEY LOST

    Jan 16, 2014 – Dicks, Derek Kilmer, U.S. Senators. Patty Murray and Cantwell . The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2014 … Jan 17, 2014. H.R. 3922 (113th). To designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of Washington…. , (also known as WILD OLYMPICS SCAM- WAR ON WILD)

    AND THEY LOST

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    NOW, THE SAME WILD WA DC AGGRESSORS

     ARE BACK IN 2016

    Jun 4, 2015 – WILD OLYMPICS: Senator Murray and Representative Kilmer Renew Push

    The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act would designate 126,554 acres of existing federal land as wilderness in the Olympic National Forest and designate 464 river miles across 19 rivers and major tributaries on the Olympic Peninsula as Wild and Scenic Rivers.

     Jun 4, 2015  SENATOR MURRAY HAS INTRODUCED  SENATE BILLS  FOR WILDERNESS AND WILDING, SACRIFICING THE USE OF OUR PUBLIC NATIONAL PARKS, PRIVATE LANDS  AND RIVERS.  PLACING RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE RESOURCES, OF, AND IN WASHINGTON, IDAHO, CALIFORNIA, AND OREGON STATE

    INDEED, THE  LOSERS ARE BACK

    INSANITY: DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS.” – ALBERT EINSTEIN

    STOP THE WILD INSANITY IN WA DC

    IF  SENATORS  MURRAY, CANTWELL AND REPRESENTATIVE KILMER CAN NOT FUND AND MAINTAIN THE NATIONAL PARK LAND THAT THEY HAVE…

    National parks face $12 billion backlog – Business Insider

    www.businessinsider.com/ap-national-parks-face-12billi

    Business Insider Feb 5, 2016 – THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IS CELEBRATING ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY THIS YEAR, BUT THE SYSTEM FACES A MULTIBILLION DOLLAR MAINTENANCE BACKLOG THAT …

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    TAKE THE TIME TO CONTACT YOUR ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES IN WA DC AND ASK THEM TO STOP THIS WILD INSANITY,  PERPETUATED BY THE SAME LOSERS, AFFECTING WASHINGTON STATE, IDAHO, CALIFORNIA, AND OREGON.

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    Behind My Back | WOW Opposition to Wild Olympics

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/07/21/wow-opposition-to-wildolympics/

    Jul 21, 2015 – WOW Opposition to Wild Olympics Yesterday, Ross and I, (two 74 year old senior citizens) put up (12) “STOP WILD … The signs read “Stop Wild Olympics $900 Million Land Grab” …. Wild Olympics is More than a Scam » …

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.

    The bottom line

    WOW STOP THE 2016 WILD OLYMPICS

    MY RULE ALWAYS PUT THE BOTTOM LINE AT THE TOP.

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    YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A GENIUS TO FIGURE THIS OUT,

    BUT IT’S REASSURING  TO HAVE  EINSTEIN’S OPINION


  • Find Your Park Open Doors Remove Barriers

    Find your park. It’s your place, It’s your thing.

    It’s a Fact. The Federal Parks belong to all of us.

    Open Doors,  Remove barriers, Tell your story, Make a difference.

    On Mon Feb 8, 2016 2:30PM there was a meeting  at Olympic National Park Headquarters regarding the closure of the Olympic Hot Springs Road to all public and private access. I told my story, expressed my concerns on the economic impact to the local community and asked my questions.

    Four of my government representatives listened, responded and answered questions

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    Clallam County Commissioner  Bill Peach opened the door.

    As required in the ERFO guidelines, under the  program, Federal agencies and local government entities have the responsibility to perform emergency repairs, shift project and program priorities, give emergency relief work prompt attention and priority over non-emergency work, and assist the Office of Federal Lands Highway in its stewardship and oversight responsibilities.

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    Three, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Olympic National Park local Representatives  attended the meeting.

    M. Sarah Creachbaum
    Superintendent, of the Olympic National Park

    Lisa Turecek, PE
    Chief of Facilities Management

    Brian Winter
    Elwha River Project Manager

    I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet with them face to face.

    I was delighted at the conclusion of the meeting, strictly based on my understanding of the contents of the meeting, of the expeditious actions that have been taken and will be taken in the future.

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    This comment is intended to inform others, to share for the record, the information from the notes I took at the Feb 8, 2016 meeting.

    I was delight with the positive response from M. Sarah Creachbaum
    Superintendent, of the Olympic National Park.

    Sarah showed genuine concern for the economic well being of local people, she cares about the local people, they are her people.

    When I suggested that she do a news release to inform we the concerned people

    Using  the  progress reported by Lisa,  the expeditious steps taken with the  ERFO Program for the reopening the Olympic Hot Springs Road to provide access to the ONP public tourist, and private property owners.

    You know, like a message of hope from the Superintendent, of the Olympic National Park, for the economic future of  the local business people, for increased employment… for the the rush of  tourism created by the removal of the dams.

    Sarah agreed to do a press release…

    And I was delighted.

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    However, after hours of more in-depth research, done after the meeting, included  in this comment,  that provides additional documentation……

    Being delighted, and staying delighted with the ONP, are two different things! This is not my first rodeo with the Olympic National Park Service.

    Indeed, if I have made unintentional errors in this comment, I will do an immediate update on this website and  a retraction immediately.

    But for the record here goes… Taken from the notes I took at the Feb 8, 2016 meeting.

    Lisa Turecek, PE
    Chief of Facilities Management

    The expeditious Steps she has taken with the  ERFO Program to reopen the Olympic Hot Springs Road

    Nov. 17, 2015 The Olympic Hot Springs Road (and trails) had a disastrous flooding event

    Nov 2015 file a notice notice of intent for Emergency Relief Program for funding

    Dec 2015 file a formal notice notice for Emergency Relief Program for funding

    Jan 2016 received  recognition of Elwha River disastrous flooding event

    Jan-Feb? completed? damage survey required for ERFO amount of funding?

    Note It was stressed by Lisa and Brian  that the ERFO  was for roads only?

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    Additional  research and documentation on ERFO funding for trails

    To be eligible for ERFO funding under 23 U.S.C. 125(e)(2), trails and transit systems must be included in the inventory of Tribal or Federal Lands Transportation Facilities. Trails included in the inventory should provide access to high-use recreation sites or Federal economic generators.

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    Bill asked if the Olympic Hot Springs Road would be open by the 4th of July?

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    Note It was stressed by Lisa and Brian  that the Army Corp of Engineers must, be given time, up to 60 days? Because a 100 foot bridge ( at  undisclosed location?)  must be built.

    When will the road be reopened to  public and private access?

    Lisa’s guesstimated was four months from the time that construction was permitted to start.

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    Brian Winter
    Elwha River Project Manager

    That tentative plans to proceed shall required NOAA consultation under section 7, the endangered species act (ESA) Not necessarily additional restrictions, just consultation?

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    Which led to my questions to Brian Winter Elwha River Project Manager on the funding and planning for the removal of the Elwha Dams.

    I was just asking? Just saying? In particular…

    The ONP budget $$$ and plans for removal of the Elwha dams in the Elwha district included flood barriers and restoration (among other things)

    The ONP budget and plans for removal of the Elwha dams in the Elwha district included
    flood barriers for the tribes?

    I asked Flood barriers? only to protect the Elwha tribe? Flood barriers? only protect tribal land?

    I asked Brian to correct me if I was wrong.

    He did. emphatically…

    Flood barriers were provided for  the tribes and private property on the West side of the mouth of the Elwha River and And, flood barriers were provided for private homes down stream from the dam removals.

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    I am certain, that…
    Flood barriers were in place to protect all tribal historic heritage sites and
    to all protect tribal access, roads and trails
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    Feb 9, 2016 I’m asking for a response from  Brian on the following unanswered questions?

    In particular…Funding and planning for the dams removal provided?
    No flood barriers in the Elwha district to protect the best interest of citizens?
    the, over 300,000 million national park visitors
    No flood barriers? to protect citizens public and private access to roads and trails?
    No flood barriers? to protect citizens public and private property?

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    I repeat for clarification, Brian’s emphatic answer…

    In addition to the tribes protection, some private property and homes were given flood barriers in the funding and planning of the Elwha dam removals

    Flood barriers were provided for  the tribes and private property on the West side of the mouth of the Elwha River and And, flood barriers were provided for private homes down stream from the dam removals.

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    I’m asking for a response from  Brian on the following unanswered questions?

    Funding and planning for the dams removal provided?
    No flood barriers? to protect citizens public and private land, trails, campgrounds campsites and facilities?
    No flood barriers? to protect citizens historic heritage sites?
    No flood barriers? to protect private property owners property?
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    I directed additional questions to Brian Winter, as the  Elwha River Project Manager on the funding and planning for the removal of the Elwha Dams.

    The ONP budget $$$ and plans for removal of the Elwha dams in the Elwha district included restoration (among other things)

    I received no response to these questions from Brian.

    Elwha River restoration? Just restoration and planting of native plants?

    No restoration $$$ for public and private roads and trails?
    No restoration $$$ for access into Elwha district the Olympic National Park?
    No restoration $$$ for public and private campgrounds campsites and facilities?
    No restoration for citizens Elwha district historic heritage sites?
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    Did the ONP budget and plans for removal of the Elwha dams in the Elwha district included or require mitigation and compensation $$$ for the flood damage caused to the private landowner campsite’s, inside the park, downstream from the dam removal?
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    FLH > Programs > Emergency Relief for Federally Owned …

    flh.fhwa.dot.gov/programs/erfo/
    Federal Highway Administration

    Dec 4, 2015 – Funds for the ERFO Program are provided from the Highway Trust Fund and the General Fund through the Emergency Relief Program for …

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    Applicants are expected to prioritize the repair of ERFO projects that are in the public’s best interest, based on available funds. Federal agencies and local government entities have the responsibility to perform emergency repairs, shift project and program priorities, give emergency relief work prompt attention and priority over non-emergency work, and assist the Office of Federal Lands Highway in its stewardship and oversight responsibilities.

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    Guidance – Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads …

    https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/…/guideflerfo
    Federal Highway Administration

    Dec 11, 2012 – Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) MAP-21 … To be eligible for ERFO funding under 23 U.S.C. 125(e)(2), trails and transit …

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    To be eligible for ERFO funding under 23 U.S.C. 125(e)(2), trails and transit systems must be included in the inventory of Tribal or Federal Lands Transportation Facilities. Trails included in the inventory should provide access to high-use recreation sites or Federal economic generators.

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    full text Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO)

    On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (the “FAST Act” or “Highway Funding Act”) was signed into law replacing MAP-21. We are in the process of revising the information on this page to address this new legislation.

    The Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads Program, or ERFO Program, was established to assist federal agencies with the repair or reconstruction of tribal transportation facilities, federal lands transportation facilities, and other federally owned roads that are open to public travel, which are found to have suffered serious damage by a natural disaster over a wide area or by a catastrophic failure.

    The intent of the ERFO program is to pay the unusually heavy expenses for the repair and reconstruction of eligible facilities.

    The ERFO program is not intended to cover all repair costs but rather supplement Federal Land Management Agency (FLMA) repair programs. Repairs are classified as either emergency or permanent repairs.

    Emergency repairs are those repairs undertaken during or immediately after a disaster to restore essential traffic, to minimize the extent of damage, or to protect the remaining facilities. Prior approval is not required, however all other eligibility requirements of the program still apply.

    Permanent repairs are those repairs undertaken after the occurrence of the disaster to restore facilities to their pre-disaster conditions. Prior approval is required.

    The ERFO program provides assistance to other federal agencies whose roads meet the definition of “open to public travel” such as: Bureau of Reclamation; Department of Energy (previously under jurisdiction of the Bureau of Reclamation, i.e., owned by the Western Area Power Association); Department of Defense (Military Installation roads); and Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (Defense Access roads).

    The Federal share payable for the repair of tribal transportation facilities, federal lands transportation facilities, and public roads on federal lands is 100 percent under the ERFO Program. Funds for the ERFO Program are provided from the Highway Trust Fund and the General Fund through the Emergency Relief Program for Federal-aid Highways. ERFO funds are not to duplicate assistance under another Federal program or compensation from insurance, cost share, or any other source.

    The Office of Federal Lands Highway is responsible for efficient and effective management of public funds entrusted by Congress and for ensuring that the ERFO Program is administered consistent with laws, regulations, and policies.

    Applicants are expected to prioritize the repair of ERFO projects that are in the public’s best interest, based on available funds. Federal agencies and local government entities have the responsibility to perform emergency repairs, shift project and program priorities, give emergency relief work prompt attention and priority over non-emergency work, and assist the Office of Federal Lands Highway in its stewardship and oversight responsibilities.

    Contact Information listed below

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    Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads

    (ERFO) MAP-21 Program Guidance

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    U.S. Department of
    Transportation
    Federal Highway
    Administration

    Memorandum

    Subject: Information: Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) MAP-21 Program Guidance Date: December 11, 2012
    From: Joyce A. Curtis
    Associate Administrator for Office of Federal Lands Highway
    In Reply Refer To: HFL-1
    To: Federal Lands Highway Division Engineers

    This purpose of this memorandum is to provide guidance for changes to the Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads (ERFO) program.

    Section 1107 of the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP-21), enactedJuly 6, 2012, amended 23 U.S.C. 125 “Emergency Relief” as follows:

    • (e) TRIBAL TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES, FEDERAL LANDS TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES, AND PUBLIC ROADS ON FEDERAL LANDS.-
      • (1) DEFINITION OF OPEN TO PUBLIC TRAVEL.-In this subsection, the term ‘open to public travel’ means, with respect to a road, that, except during scheduled periods, extreme weather conditions, or emergencies, the road is open to the general public for use with a standard passenger vehicle, without restrictive gates or prohibitive signs or regulations, other than for general traffic control or restrictions based on size, weight, or class of registration.
      • (2) EXPENDITURE OF FUNDS.-Notwithstanding subsection (d)(1), the Secretary may expend funds from the emergency fund authorized by this section, independently or in cooperation with any other branch of the Federal Government, a State agency, a tribal government, an organization, or a person, for the repair or reconstruction of tribal transportation facilities, Federal lands transportation facilities, and other federally owned roads that are open to public travel, whether or not those facilities are Federal-aid highways.
      • (3) REIMBURSEMENT.-
        • (A) IN GENERAL.-The Secretary may reimburse Federal and State agencies (including political subdivisions) for expenditures made for projects determined eligible under this section, including expenditures for emergency repairs made before a determination of eligibility.
        • (B) TRANSFERS.-With respect to reimbursements described in subparagraph (A)-
          • (i) those reimbursements to Federal agencies and Indian tribal governments shall be transferred to the account from which the expenditure was made, or to a similar account that remains available for obligation; and
          • (ii) the budget authority associated with the expenditure shall be restored to the agency from which the authority was derived and shall be available for obligation until the end of the fiscal year following the year in which the transfer occurs.

    Section 1508 of MAP-21 amended 23 U.S.C. 120 “Federal share payable” as follows:

    • (e) EMERGENCY RELIEF.-The Federal share payable for any repair or reconstruction provided for by funds made available under section 125 for any project on a Federal-aid highway, including the Interstate System, shall not exceed the Federal share payable on a project on the system as provided in subsections (a) and (b), except that-
      • (1) the Federal share payable for eligible emergency repairs to minimize damage, protect facilities, or restore essential traffic accomplished within 180 days after the actual occurrence of the natural disaster or catastrophic failure may amount to 100 percent of the cost of the repairs;
      • (2) the Federal share payable for any repair or reconstruction of Federal land transportation facilities, Federal land access transportation facilities, and tribal transportation facilities may amount to 100 percent of the cost of the repair or reconstruction;

    Effective October 1, these provisions will be implemented as follows:

    • In addition to tribal transportation facilities and Federal lands transportation facilities, other Federally owned roads that are “open to public travel”, whether or not those facilities are Federal-aid highways, are eligible for ERFO funds. This provides ERFO eligibility to Federally owned roads that may not meet the definition of a tribal transportation facility or a Federal lands transportation facility. The intent of this provision is to focus the limited ERFO funds on those facilities that are surfaced and maintained for standard passenger vehicles. Therefore, roads passable ONLY by high-clearance vehicles are not eligible for ERFO under this provision. High clearance roads no longer eligible for ERFO may be eligible for assistance under FEMA or other programs.
    • To be eligible for ERFO funding under 23 U.S.C. 125(e)(2), trails and transit systems must be included in the inventory of Tribal or Federal Lands Transportation Facilities. Trails included in the inventory should provide access to high-use recreation sites or Federal economic generators.
    • Section 125(e)(3) of title 23, United States Code, was amended to add language affecting the reimbursement to Federal Land Management Agencies (FLMAs). When FLMAs use their own funds for emergency and permanent repairs, ERFO funds can go back to the FLMAs original account or a similar account and remains available for obligation. Additionally, the budget authority shall be restored to the agency from which the authority was derived and shall be available for obligation until the end of the following fiscal year.
    • The Forest Highway program is repealed at the end of FY12. Forest Highways are no longer eligible for ERFO funding, unless they are Federally-owned roads that meet the requirements of 23 U.S.C. 125(e). Other State and local roads that do not meet the requirements of 23 U.S.C. 125(e) may be eligible under the Federal-aid Emergency Relief program or FEMA.
    • For eligible ERFO repairs accomplished more than 180 days after the occurrence of the natural disaster or catastrophic failure on facilities other than those meeting the definition of a Federal land transportation facility or tribal transportation facility, the Federal share payable shall be in accordance with 23 U.S.C. 120, including the sliding scale provision of 23 U.S.C. 120(b).
    • Federal land access transportation facilities are not eligible for ERFO funding under 23 U.S.C. 125.

    Repairs for Program of Projects (POPs) approved prior to and after October 1 will proceed under MAP-21 provisions. See FHWA Treatment of Carryover Highway Program Funding table. If you have any further questions, please contact Mr. Sergio Mayorga at 202-366-9491.

    Sergio Mayorga
    ERFO Program Manager
    Office of Federal Lands Highway
    Location: Washington, DC
    Phone: (202) 366-9491
    Email: sergio.mayorga@dot.gov

    J. “Eric” Wright
    ERFO Coordinator
    Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFL)
    Location: Sterling, Virginia
    Phone: (571) 434-1547
    Email: john.wright@dot.gov

    Lorell Duteil
    ERFO Coordinator
    Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFL)
    Location: Lakewood, Colorado
    Phone: (720) 963-3425
    Email: lorell.duteil@dot.gov

    David Hilgendorf
    ERFO Coordinator
    Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFL)
    Location: Vancouver, Washington
    Phone: (360) 619-7620
    Email: david.hilgendorf@dot.gov


  • Find Your Park Who’s Funding and Granting?

    Find Your Park Who’s Funding and Granting?
    Olympic National Park?

    Dec 3, 2015 The report examines THE ELWHA DISTRICT ……The 35-page report says?

    International attention over the dam project has led to a spike in visitors. The number of visitors to the park’s THE ELWHA DISTRICT rose 13 percent between 2013 and 2014.

    Dec 3, 2015 The report examines ……The 35-page report says?

    Olympic National Park, THE ELWHA DISTRICT struggles to maintain public access recent?

    The Elwha River flooding and washouts?

    Feb 7, 2016 There is no established timeline yet for repairs or reopening damaged ELWHA RIVERS DISTRICT roads, trails and campgrounds

    And failing to provide a high level of service at some of its biggest attractions?

    The report examines ……Failing to meet the needs of the more than 3 million people flocking to the THE ELWHA DISTRICT  in Olympic National Park each year.

    Nothing? about how the NPS SPENT the $$$ windfall of THE ELWHA DISTRICT increased visitors $$$$?

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    ECONOMIC IMPACT?

    Since Nov 17, 2015, TO Feb 7, 2016 All PUBLIC ACCESS has been denied to THE ELWHA DISTRICT

    The Olympic Hot Springs access road to the ELWHA DISTRICT of the Olympic National Park has been closed at the park boundary to motor … the road and all areas beyond the washout have been closed to all public entry into the Elwha Valley.

    In spite of numerous, periodic requests to Olympic National Park, both Federal  and County Representatives.

    including this request.. Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    We the taxpayers have received ZERO response And, as of…

    Feb 7, 2016 There is no established timeline yet for repairs or reopening damaged ELWHA DISTRICT roads, trails and campgrounds

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    ECONOMIC IMPACT?

    Dec. 10, 2015

    Port Angeles Regional Chamber of Commerce Director Russ Veenema said it’s the park that draws the majority of the 300,000 people who stay in north peninsula hotels and bed-and-breakfasts each year. He fears that a growing number visitors are becoming FRUSTRATED by park road closures and other failing infrastructure.

    By Tristan Baurick of the Kitsap Sun

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    FRUSTRATED is an understatement. TAXPAYERS are disgusted and fed up, with being BAMBOOZLED  by clever elected representatives, appropriating funding from  a gullible congress, under the guise of maintaining NPS  roads and trails for increased access.

    DISGUSTED TAXPAYERS COMPLAIN TO THEIR FEDERAL AND STATE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES..

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    Who’s Funding and Granting Taxpayers money?

    Follow the taxpayers money?

    Behind My Back | Taken by the “GRANTED”

    www.behindmyback.org/category/taken-by-the-granted/

    Oct 19, 2015 – Category Archives Taken by the “GRANTED” ….. (NOPRCD.org) project, funded by WA Dept of Ecology and Commerce. ▷ Goal: To … their …Taxpayers Shall Pay for This?

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    DISGUSTED TAXPAYERS COMPLAIN TO THEIR FEDERAL AND STATE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES..

    Who’s Funding and Granting Taxpayers money for Restoration?

    GOOD LUCK Following the taxpayers money

    Behind My Back | The “RESTORATION” Shell Game

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/06/09/the-restorationshellgame/

    Jun 9, 2014 – The “RESTORATION” Shell Game. A highly convoluted “GAME OF RESTORATION that is involving the sleight of many, many hands, in which …

    The  U.S. Department of the Interior is the top of U.S. APPOINTED Government Hierarchy  for National Park Service “RESTORATION” projects.

    And the APPOINTED (DOI) is ultimately responsible for Management or MISMANAGEMENT of the National Park Service “RESTORATION” projects, Spending, Funding and Granting Taxpayers money.

     “A nearly $12 BILLION BACKLOG in repairs and maintenance is further proof that the APPOINTED National Park Service is and  has been using congressional approved appropriations of taxpayers money, AFTER THE FACT to promote, “RESTORATION” funding and granting to special interest global non-profits etal. and supply additional funding to the tribes.

    GOOD LUCK FOLLOWING THE TAXPAYERS MONEY GOES

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    Just asking? Just saying…

    Maybe taxpayers should check this out??

    The Ponzi Game – Windows Games on Microsoft Store

    https://www.microsoft.com/…ponzigame/9wzdncr…
    Microsoft Corporation

    The purpose of the game is to demonstrate the Ponzi scheme, how it works, where the money goes and how unscrupulous financial experts can easily cheat …

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    Where the Taxpayers money went? And, How the NPS ended up with …

     A nearly $12 BILLION BACKLOG in repairs and maintenance

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    ADDING INSULT TO INJURY

    Olympic National Park News Release February 3, 2016

    The new Olympic National Park Annual Pass will go on sale on June 1, 2016 and will cost $50, an increase of $10 from the current annual pass.

    All annual passes, no matter when they are purchased, are good for one year from the date of purchase.

    Seven-day entrance fees will also increase on June 1, with a seven-day passes for vehicles, motorcycles and individual persons going to $25, $14 and $10, respectively.

    These and other Olympic National Park fee increases were announced last May and are outlined at the park’s website http://www.nps.gov/olym/learn/news/olympic-national-park-to-increase-park-entry-and-use-fees-beginning-june-1.htm.

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    Leisure, Recreation, and Tourism | National Agricultural …

    https://www.nal.usda.gov/leis…
    United States National Agricultural Library

    National and state recreational opportunities including forests, parks, farms and wildlife associated recreation. ... Home » Topics » Natural Resources and Environment » Leisure, Recreation, and TourismU.S. Department of the Interior.

    Tourism and Natural Resource Management – Forest …

    www.fsl.orst.edu/lulcd/Publicationsalpha_files/Kline_2001_GTR506.pdf
    by JD Kline – ‎2001 – ‎Cited by 30 – ‎Related articles

    U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. … between tourism and natural resource management has resulted in a … recreation, which has been a management objective of National Forests since their.

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    The report examines …… The 35-page report says?

    Olympic National Park, THE ELWHA DISTRICT struggles to maintain public access recent? The Elwha River flooding and washouts? And failing to provide a high level of service at some of its biggest attractions?
    The report examines ……Failing to meet the needs of the more than 3 million people flocking to the THE ELWHA DISTRICT  in Olympic National Park each year.

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    THE ELWHA DISTRICT

    Elwha River shows new potential as outdoor playground

    www.kitsapsun.com/…/elwha-river-shows-new-potential-as-ou…
    Feb. 13, 2015 Kitsap Sun

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Freed from the two dams that held it back for … Visitation to the park’s THE ELWHA DISTRICT is up more than 144 percent over last year.

    Nothing? about how the NPS SPENT the $$$ windfall of THE ELWHA DISTRICTS increased visitors $$$$?

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    Since Nov 17, 2015, TO Feb 7, 2016 All PUBLIC ACCESS has been denied to THE ELWHA DISTRICT

    The Olympic Hot Springs access road to the ELWHA DISTRICT of the Olympic National Park has been closed at the park boundary to motor … the road and all areas beyond the washout have been closed to all public entry into the Elwha Valley.

    In spite of numerous, periodic requests to Olympic National Park, both Federal  and County Representatives.

    including this request.. Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    We the taxpayers have received ZERO response And, as of…

    Feb 7, 2016 There is no established timeline yet for repairs or reopening damaged ELWHA DISTRICT roads, trails and campgrounds

    Olympic National Park, Washington, United States. Elwha River.

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

     

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    Dec 3, 2015 The report examines? The 35-page report says?

    International attention over the dam project has led to a spike in visitors.

    The number of visitors to the park’s Elwha District rose 13 percent between 2013 and 2014.

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    THE REST OF THE STORY?

    What the report fails to examine? What the 35 page report fails to say?

    What happened to the $$$ windfall of THE ELWHA DISTRICT increased visitors $$$$?

    who took the money and how did they spend it?

    The report examines ……Funding Shortfalls at Olympic National Park?

    The report examines ……Struggles to maintain public access recent?

    The Elwha River flooding and washouts?

    Failing to provide a high level of service at some of its biggest attractions

    The report examines ……Failing to meet the needs of the more than 3 million people flocking to the park each year.

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    Dec 3, 2015 The report examines? The 35-page report says?

    Park on the Edge: Funding Shortfalls at Olympic National …

    https://www.npca.org/…/3152-p
    National Parks Conservation Association

    Dec 3, 2015 – Olympic National Park, one of the most visited national parks in the country, currently receives only approximately 60% of the funds it needs to …