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  • China Dam Smart? U.S.A. Dam Stupid?

    China Dam Smart?  U.S.A. Dam Stupid?

    CHINA WAS SO DAM SMART THAT THEY BUILT THE BIGGEST DAM IN THE WORLD

    The Chinese dam policy was to build and keep dams to provide clean renewable electric power, control the dam water and prevent the dam flooding and release the dam water to prevent drought

    HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER CONTROLS THE WORLD?

    WHAT PART OF THIS DAM CHINESE POLICY DID THE DAM US GOVERNMENT NOT UNDERSTAND?

    IT WAS NOT HE WHO “OWNS THE WATER”, WOTUS….

    IT IS”HE WHO CONTROLS THE WATER”

    Behind My Back | WOTUS “Water Runs Down Hill”

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/wotus-water-runs-down-hill/

    Sep 4, 2015 – “WATERS OF UNITED STATES” POWER GRAB. WOTUS RULE – Pacific Legal Foundation https://www.pacificlegal.org/wotus. Pacific Legal Foundation

    DAMS CONTROL WATER. period

    THE STUPID US GOVERNMENT WAS SO “DAM DUMB” THEY WORK FOR THE DAM LOBBYIST AND THE DAM SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. SAVE THE DAM SALMON AT WHAT COST?

    Behind My Back | How Dam Dumb is the US Government?

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/04/17/how-dam-dumb-is-the-us-government/

    Apr 17, 2016CHINA WAS SO DAM SMART THAT THEY BUILT THE BIGGEST DAM IN THE WORLD. … www.behindmyback.org/2015/09/04/WOTUS-WATER-RUNS-DOWN-HILL/ … Jun 12, 2013 – ACCORDING TO AMERICAN RIVERS, 65 US dams were …

    THE SAGA OF THE STUPID U.S.A. DAM DESTRUCTION

    Map of U.S. Dams Removed Since 1916 | American Rivers

    https://www.americanrivers.org/threats-solutions/restoring…rivers/dam-removal-map/

    Today, many dams that were once at the epicenter of a community’s livelihood are now old, unsafe or no longer serving their intended purposes. Learn how …

    THE ELWHA RIVER DAMS THAT WERE ONCE THE EPICENTER OF OUR COMMUNITY’S LIVELIHOOD, ARE NO LONGER SERVING THEIR INTENDED PURPOSES. period

    THEIR INTENDED DAM PURPOSES?  Protecting and Providing Clallam County’s infrastructure, (the fundamental facilities and systems serving a country, city, or area, as transportation and communication systems, power plants)

    Indeed, THE INTENDED ELWHA DAM PURPOSES, Dam cheap, dam clean hydroelectric power, dam renewable energy that kept the dam economy strong, providing a clean water supply, insuring flooding and drought protection, preventing millions of dam dollars of destruction in and on public and private land, property, protecting public access roads, and A COUPLE OF the really big epicenter of our communities livelihood,  THE OLYMPIC HOT SPRINGS ROAD? THE TOURISM, THE ACCESS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES IN THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK THAT KEPT OUR ECONOMY STRONG, INCLUDED TWO BEAUTIFUL LAKES.

    IT’S A DAM SHAME THAT 300,000 TOURISTS  CAN’T GET THERE FROM PORT ANGELES WA.

    LEARN HOW DAM STUPID…….THE REMOVAL OF THE BIGGEST DAM REMOVAL EVER, WORKED OUT FOR PORT ANGELES, CLALLAM COUNTY ETAL., WASHINGTON STATE U.S.A.

    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED “HOW’S THE U.S.A DAM

    SYSTEM WORKING OUT FOR YOU?

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

    Seabury Blair Jr.
    Columnist

    Posted: April 15, 2013

     

    Two days after I hiked the sandy, rocky desolation that used to be Lake Mills, as many as 200,000 chinook salmon were killed in what has to be one of the biggest blunders in the history of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

    The year-old salmon were released from the new $16 million Elwha Hatchery run by the state and Lower Elwha Klallam tribe on April 5. Most — if not all — were killed when they tried to swim downstream through the thick gray goop that is the lower Elwha River, created by the removal of two dams built illegally in 1910.

    Though they only had to negotiate 3.5 miles of the river before reaching clearer waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the silt in the river began choking them almost the minute they swam from the crystalline hatchery water into the moving mire that is the Elwha. Hatchery officials reported seeing hundreds of dead smolts lining the riverbank, their gills clogged by the same silt that forced “temporary closure” of a $70 million Elwha River water treatment plant.

    In the Port Angeles Daily News, Mike Gross, Fish and Wildlife biologist, called the release of the salmon “a mistake.” Gross said he suspected the fish suffocated when silt prevented their gills from providing oxygen.

    I imagine it would be akin to trying to breathe volcanic ash for days without a mask, or running a marathon in a massive dust storm.

    Hatchery officials said they checked on the amount of silt in the Elwha on April 4, and determined it was acceptable to release the fish. They said the silt in the river increased overnight.

    I hiked about 3 miles downstream in the desolate bed of the former Lake Mills on April 3, and I don’t need a degree in biology to tell you that no fish could live in that water. The river looked no different when I left the Elwha Campground on April 4.

    For almost 15 miles, the Elwha River carves through a century’s worth of mud, sand and river cobble deposited behind the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams. Above Rica Canyon, at the entrance to the former Lake Mills, the river is the same old blue friend I’ve known for more than 50 years.

    But beginning at the old Lake Mills inlet, the river turns into gray slurry that is poison to any fish. I don’t imagine many wild animals drink from that deadly potion and live, either.

    Fisheries biologists have been releasing coho salmon into Indian Creek, which flows from the west into the Elwha; and Little River, which flows from the east. Both tributaries are about 7 miles upstream from the mouth of the river.

    They’ve reported some of the fish, along with a few chinook they released into Lake Mills before it became the desolation it is today, have survived the gantlet of poison. Now the state is planning to release nearly a million salmon from the hatchery in June.

    About the same time, work on removing the remainder of the Glines Canyon dam is expected to resume, which will surely cause more sediment to be swept downstream. Worse, concrete dust from the dam will be stirred into the mix, making it even more deadly.

    Let us hope the state and tribe can think of a way to get healthy salmon from the hatchery to the Strait before they kill a million more fish.

    Seabury Blair Jr. is the author of Backcountry Ski! Washington; Day Hike! Olympic Peninsula; Day Hike! Columbia Gorge; The Creaky Knees Guide to Washington; the Creaky Knees Guide to Oregon; and Washington Wild Roads. Email Seabury at skiberry@hughes.net.

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    HOW’S THE SYSTEM WORKING OUT FOR PORT ANGELES WA?

    Port Angeles to sue Park Service in dispute over Elwha River water …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/port-angeles-to-sue-park-service-in-dispute-over-el

    6 days ago – PORT ANGELES — The Port Angeles City Council has set the stage for … impasse related to the historic removal of the Elwha River dams.

    snippet….City Attorney Bill Bloor said at the council meeting Tuesday that the Park Service has not provided contract information being sought by the city on the $25 million Elwha River surface water intake and treatment facilities.

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    Word gets around in cyberspace

    New post on Pie N Politics Siskiyou County CA

    Port Angeles to sue Park Service in dispute over Elwha River water facilities

    by Liz Bowen

    PNP comment:  Port Angeles is a city in and the county seat of Clallam County,

    Washington, United States. With a population of 19,038 as of the 2010 census,[7]

    it is the largest city in the county, according to Wikipedia. It is worth checking out the entire article at the link below.

    It looks like the fed gov. is not fulfilling its obligations. Shock !!! — Editor Liz Bowen

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    Behind My Back | Pie N Politics page (1)

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/07/27/pie-n-politics-page-1/

    Jul 27, 2015 – Pie N Politics page (1) Pie N Politics. Like many areas of the United States, citizens in Siskiyou County are finding government regulations are …

    Aug 19, 2016 – A PLAN TO REMOVE FOUR KLAMATH RIVER DAMS

    TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY AND HABITAT FOR FISH AND RIVER COMMUNITIES

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    The removal of  two dams on the Elwha River in WA State  2011-2014 “WAS”  previously the biggest dam removal DISASTER in U.S. History.

    After the removal of the Elwha River Dams.

    Apr 15, 2013 ELWHA RIVER WATER QUALITY?

    THE QUALITY OF MY PORT ANGELES DRINKING WATER….

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

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

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    YEP, THE ELWHA DAM PROTECTED THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA’S ACCESS INFRASTRUCTURE, THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE.

    Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    Posted on January 11, 2017 4:26 pm by Pearl Rains Hewett Comment

    Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed

    A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE

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    Flooding is a Dam Shame

    Posted on June 28, 2013 7:31 am by Pearl Rains Hewett

    Drought is a dam shame

    China was so dam smart that they built the biggest dam in the world.

    He who controls the water controls the world?

    In the USA the government was and is so dam stupid they decided that hydro electric power was not dam clean, dam cheap, dam renewable dam energy, not dam flood control and not dam drought and dam property loss prevention.

    The dam Chinese government is so dam smart they work in the best interest of the dam people.

    The Chinese dam prevents the dam loss of life, billions of dam dollars in property damage, provides dam cheap, dam clean, dam renewable, dam energy and helps keep their dam economy strong.

    The Chinese dam controls the dam water releases the dam water to eliminate the dam droughts

    What part of this dam Chinese policy does the dam US government not understand?

    THE US GOVERNMENT IS SO DAM DUMB THEY WORK FOR THE DAM LOBBYIST AND THE DAM SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. SAVE THE DAM ENDANGERED etal., ad nausaum, SALMON AT WHAT COST?

    The best dam interest of the dam people in the USA be dammed

    As dictated by the dam US government

    The dam people in the dam USA are flooded and cleaning up the dam water damage for six dam months of the year.

    The dam people in the USA suffer the dam drought for the other six dam months of the year

    The Chinese dam policy was to build and keep dams to provide clean renewable electric power, control the dam water and prevent the dam flooding and release the dam water to prevent drought

    THE DAM USA POLICY CREATES LOSS OF DAM LIFE, DAM MISERY AND DAM SUFFERING FOR MILLIONS OF DAM AMERICANS EVERY DAM YEAR.

    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD ASK

    “HOW’S THE DAM U.S.A. SYSTEM WORKING OUT FOR YOU?


  • About Pat | Pat Neal Wildlife

    About Pat | Pat Neal Wildlife

    patnealwildlife.net/about-pat/
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    I read all “About Pat” about 8000 words.

    Pat Neal is a fishing guide on the Hoh River in Washington State. He writes a weekly (humorous) Wilderness Gossip Column on the commentary page of the Peninsula Daily News.

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    March 30, 2017, I sent Pat an email

    You provide a wealth of excellent unknown history.

    I have a history. When I see something, I like to say something.

    Dad fished, gaffed salmon, in Morse Creek during the depression, circa 1933,
    hundreds of salmon, that were not Dungeness Fish Hatchery?

    My Dad, George C. Rains Sr. owned the Morse Creek Valley prior to 1944, He
    sold it to Dr. Hay, (Dr Hay delivered me on Aug 30, 1941) It became the 4
    Seasons.

    Your statement, “All my friends were dying of old age”, really hit home
    It became a real problem for my research……

    I’d like to post it on my website? With your permission?

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    —– Original Message —–

    From: “Pat Neal” <patnealwildlife@gmail.com>

    To: “pearl hewett” <phew@wavecable.com>

    Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2017 5:51 PM

    Subject: Re: When did you write this Morse Creek ?

    Pearl,

    Post away! Please provide a link and I am on facebook to with my
    latest columns. Glad you like my writing and thank you for reading.
    Pat

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    Snippets from  “About Pat Neal”

    “I graduated from college with a degree in history. I got a
    job with the government identifying and locating historic sites,
    artifacts and objects on the Olympic Peninsula. It began a life-long
    study that continued after the job ran out, to the present day. It was
    the late ‘70s. The sons and daughters of the original pioneers of the
    Olympic Peninsula were still alive. I interviewed these people, and we
    became fast friends.”

    “The Olympic Peninsula was a paradise of big trees, elk and salmon. We
    moved to a home along the Sol Duc River.”

    “The good old days were too good to last.”

    Pat’s bottom line….

    Fishing may be bad and getting
    worse, but you can still have an awesome day on the river. Which may
    prove the old theory: The worse fishing gets, the more you need a
    guide.

    Pat Neal is a fishing guide

    He can be reached at 360-683-9867 or by email via patnealwild life@gmail.com.

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    Pat and I have a shared history of the Olympic Peninsula.

    Full unedited text

    ABOUT PAT

    I always wanted to be a fishing guide. Maybe I always was when you consider the luckless cohorts, cousins and relations who I suckered into crawling along a hornet infested, brush-choked creek in search of a six-inch cutthroat when I was a kid. Once we fished the creek out, we fished a bigger creek.

    It is difficult to drive over the treacherous Morse Creek bridge and the devil’s racetrack on either side of it these days without remembering how things used to look in the old days.

    Like every other stream entering the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Morse
    Creek had a Klallam village down at the mouth. Traces of this village
    have been hidden or obliterated like the first American homestead
    claim filed in 1863. Eban Gay Morse and his brother Davis W. Morse
    came from Nova Scotia and settled at the mouth of Morse Creek. By the
    1890s, homesteaders had worked their way clear up to the divide with
    the Lillian River.

    A.E. Cox built a cabin at the head of Morse Creek in a godforsaken
    canyon just below Hurricane Ridge. Legend has it that Cox, sitting on
    a frying pan, slid down a snow bank into what became known as Cox
    Valley in a feat that has yet to be duplicated.

    Between the mouth and the mountains, Morse Creek had some of the best
    fishing on the Peninsula, despite a waterfall that made it impassable
    to salmon for most of its length. It was left by the Pleistocene ice
    sheet long before fish passage laws were as stringent as they are
    today.

    No matter, Morse Creek used to be so full of spring chinook you could
    spear them with a pitchfork. There was a massive run of pink salmon
    that used to clog up the creek. People used to camp along the creek
    and harvest, can and smoke enough salmon to last the winter.

    One day we saw an old Indian spearing salmon in the creek. He threaded
    a dozen or so on a rope and walked them down the creek with the
    biggest stringer of fish I ever saw. We thought spearing the salmon
    was unsporting, so we shot them with bows and arrows.

    I got two one day. I packed them home. Dad said we could smoke the
    salmon or compost them. He was trying to be diplomatic about it, but
    the fish were spawn-outs and inedible. Their meat was white instead of
    the red flesh of an ocean fish, but chances are that if they were not
    spawned out, I would not have got them on the beach. We started
    fishing with poles after that.

    Morse Creek was a sportsman’s paradise. There were so many bears
    fishing for salmon you could walk down to the creek and see their
    tracks on top of your own when you walked home. There were orchards
    with apples free for the picking. We would build a fire and bake them
    in the coals with a little brown sugar along with trout wrapped in tin
    foil.

    There were abandoned homesteads, old logging equipment and a meadow
    with a big warning sign that said, “Danger: Unexploded artillery
    shells. Do not enter, no trespassing,” blah, blah, blah. It was like a
    magnet for half-wit juvenile delinquents looking to find a souvenir
    from the war. We spent a lot of time looking for those shells, not
    really knowing what we would do if we found one. Make our own
    fireworks I suppose.

    Then one day Morse Creek turned brown right in the middle of summer.
    This was strange since the creek was still low and we had no rain.
    Sure enough, there was a big old bulldozer running down the middle of
    the creek.

    That was bad, but salmon are tough. Naturally occurring floods in
    salmon streams can do more damage than an army of bulldozers. Salmon
    can survive a flood. The volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens turned
    the Toutle River into slurry of toxic ash. Salmon can survive a
    volcano. Why can’t salmon survive in Morse Creek?

    They spent millions of dollars buying property from willing sellers,
    planting native vegetation and building log jams to bring the fish
    back, but that has never worked anywhere.

    As it turned out, the once plentiful salmon in Morse Creek were
    planted by the Dungeness Fish Hatchery. It was there I learned some
    important lessons about fisheries management. Runs of hatchery fish
    always fail once you stop planting them. A river is worth more dead
    than alive. Fish are worth more to the state as endangered species
    than as food for people.

    Once Morse Creek was fished out, it was time to move on to the rivers
    we followed to lakes high in the Olympic Mountains. I wanted to catch
    every fish in those mountains. The truth is you could fish the
    Olympics your whole life and not cover all of the water any more than
    you could learn all of its history, but I tried. I have been exploring
    the Olympic Peninsula my whole life and have not seen parts of it yet.
    Looking for new country just comes natural. I did not get this way by
    myself.

    The Neal family came from Ireland, a land known for its salmon, elk
    and timber since it was first populated about 8,000 years ago. The
    Irish elk was a giant of the deer family with antlers eight feet wide.
    By the middle Stone Age, farmers had cut down the trees and overgrazed
    the land until parts of Ireland were eroded down to bare limestone.

    With the British invasion in the 16th century, the Irish elk was
    extinct and salmon were no longer a food source for the common people.
    The fish and whatever game that was left was owned by feudal lords.
    The natives were pushed off their lands. The survivors were shipped
    overseas to the New World as slave labor on plantations and penal
    colonies or herded into sharecropper plots to grow potatoes.

    The introduction of the potato to Ireland set off a population boom
    and bust cycle of famine and disease described by the British
    economist Thomas Malthus, who observed the Irish population increased
    geometrically while their subsistence increased arithmetically.
    Jonathan Swift presented a solution to the Malthus Theory with a
    “Modest Proposal” that advised Irish parents to sell their children as
    food for the rich. Swift thought it only made sense since the rich had
    already consumed most of the rest of Ireland.

    At the time we were named O’Neal. It was most likely a British name.
    Conquerors have invariably renamed their subjects with something they
    could pronounce. The first written reference to a Neal was a Daniel
    Neal who wrote “The History of New England” in 1720. That does not
    mean he went there. Then, as now, it was common for writers to crank
    out promotional copy in hopes of luring people into buying exotic real
    estate.

    At the time you could get passage across the Atlantic Ocean by working
    6 years as an indentured servant, which is how Robert O’Neal, my
    earliest documented relation, and an estimated 80 percent of the
    population of the American Colonies got here.

    Robert dropped the “O” in Neal and settled in Virginia in the
    mid-1700s. One of Robert’s sons, Cornelius, served under Francis
    Marion, also known as The Swamp Fox. Marion’s guerilla force of black
    and white volunteers sometimes dwindled to 20 men. There were times
    during the Revolutionary War that this tiny force was the only
    resistance to the British Army in the state of South Carolina.

    After the war, Cornelius Neal bought a large tract of land in
    Tennessee with a warrant he was issued for his service. Tennessee was
    known for its big timber and good hunting. One sycamore measured nine
    feet in diameter. The herds of buffalo were so large they were known
    to destroy the settlers’ cabins. Massive herds of buffalo, elk and
    deer were slaughtered over the mineral licks.

    The passage of the Indian Removal Act in June, 1830 declared that the
    Indians would “exchange” their lands — including what is today
    Kentucky, Tennessee, North and South Carolina, southwestern Virginia,
    Alabama and Georgia — for lands west of the Mississippi River.

    In 1838, General Winfield Scott lead 7,000 troops to round up an
    estimated 18,000 Cherokees and other members of the “Five Civilized
    Tribes,” who began their “Trail of Tears” from Tennessee to Indian
    Territory, or what is known as Oklahoma today. An estimated 4,000
    people died on the journey.

    The Neals moved west to Missouri. Before long it was time to go west
    again. In 1843, Congress tried to pass a bill that promised every male
    settler in Oregon Territory, which included what is now Washington and
    Idaho, 640 acres, 160 acres to his wife and another 160 to each child.
    This was a political move to bluff the British out of the Joint
    Occupation Treaty where both countries were sharing Oregon while
    American settlers were invading it. The bill did not pass, but the
    Neals headed west sure that it would.

    On April 15, 1844, the Neals set out from Independence, Missouri
    during the worst flood in recorded history. The Neal wagon train was
    one of five trains with about 1,000 souls and oxen, milk cows, horses,
    mules and dogs, including two Newfoundlands. It rained up to 80 hours
    at a time. It took two days to cross the Missouri River. Most of the
    rest of this journey has been described in excruciating detail by a
    number of sources.

    Literacy was rare on the frontier. Family legend has it that one of
    the Neals learned to read by tracing his fingers along the label of a
    whiskey bottle. Some of the Neal women could read and write. They kept
    a journal that has survived to the present.

    The Neals hired James Clyman as a guide. He was one of the greatest
    characters in the history of the American West. Clyman and Jedediah
    Smith crossed South Pass in 1824, which gave Americans control of the
    fur trade between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

    In 1827, William Sublette took the first wagons over South Pass, part
    of a route that would become the Oregon Trail. After years as a
    trapper, Clyman hired on as a guide for the Neal wagons. When Clyman
    returned from Oregon on his way back to Missouri, he rode with
    Lansford Hastings over a route that Hastings was promoting as the
    fastest road to California. The route had been described in “The
    Emigrants’ Guide to Oregon and California,” a book Hastings published
    before he had actually seen the pass and the impassable canyons that
    lead to it. Clyman, who had a better idea of the country and where
    wagons could and could not travel, warned against what was called “The
    Hastings Cuttoff.”

    Upon his return to Fort Laramie, Clyman met many California emigrants.
    Some listened to Clyman and chose to go to Oregon. The infamous Donner
    Party did not listen. The Neals did not listen much better.

    Clyman was a literate mountain man who kept a journal. He mentioned
    how the Neal Party covered about 30 miles the first week, some of it
    through knee-deep mud. The train split up as the wagons travelled at
    different speeds. Clyman told us to stick together as a defense
    against attacks by Indians. We ran into some Shawnee in Kansas that we
    had chased out of Tennessee. Clyman describes them raising corn, beans
    and potatoes in a land stripped of game.

    Clyman described how our train was full of “discontent and grumbling”
    about serving night guard duty. After a night of the horses and mules
    running loose to graze, 15 or 20 could be missing in the morning.

    As the journey progressed, discipline became strict. As punishment for
    falling asleep on guard duty, the offender was dismounted and forced
    to walk on the day’s march. One man was left staked out on the prairie
    in the rain for a day.

    Moving out onto the Great Plains, we ran into vast herds of buffalo.
    Clyman described how some men in the train abandoned guard duty,
    leaving no defense for the wagons, to go buffalo hunting. Hunting was
    good. We left 40,000 pounds of meat to rot on the prairie. There were
    so many buffalo they ate all the grass. There was nothing left for our
    stock to graze. Clyman noted herds of bighorn sheep, elk and deer. He
    guarded the women on expeditions picking berries, plums and cherries.
    The women described this stretch of the trail in their own journals as
    “The sweetest living we have ever known.”

    It took 78 days for us to reach Fort Laramie, a journey that normally
    took 40. In in his classic book “The Oregon Trail,” the historian
    Francis Parkman describes the Missourians as, “tall awkward men, in
    brown homespun, women with cadaverous faces … being devoid of delicacy
    or propriety … They seemed like men totally out of their element;
    bewildered and amazed like a troop of schoolboys in the woods. I was
    at a loss to account for this perturbed state of mind. It was not
    cowardice. Yet for the most part they are the rudest and most ignorant
    of the frontier population; they know nothing of the country and its
    inhabitants; they had already experienced much misfortune, and
    apprehended more; being strangers, we were looked upon as enemies.”

    The Neals tried to buy supplies with our scarce money or trade with
    our extra possessions, but the prices at Fort Laramie were
    outrageously inflated. Clyman’s shopping list reveals flour was $40.00
    a barrel and sugar was $1.50 a pint. A tanned deerskin was $2.50, and
    they were all out of dried buffalo meat. This was at a time when wages
    were $1.50 a day and land went for $5 an acre.

    Parkman was visiting Fort Laramie on the chance he could observe a
    real Indian war. He followed the Sioux around for weeks and all they
    did was hunt buffalo and cut teepee poles. Disappointed, bored and
    suffering from the symptoms of dysentery, Parkman went back east and
    stayed there.

    The Neals continued west. We shot out the game, polluted the water
    holes and outraged the Indians. We made it to Oregon on Christmas Eve
    and settled along the Santiam River at a place we named Ale, a name
    that was later changed to Stayton. There we waited for the railroad to
    catch up.

    With the invention of the chainsaw, we followed the railroads north
    and west to the Olympic Peninsula where I live today.
    The Olympic Peninsula was a paradise of big trees, elk and salmon. We
    moved to a home along the Sol Duc River.

    By chance, the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
    moved next door. While there is a disturbing trend among some writers
    to pander fleeting celebrity references as an excuse for responsible
    journalism, it was never that way with the late U.S. Supreme Court
    Justice William O. Douglas and me. From the day we met until he
    recessed to that big Appeals Court in the sky, U.S. Supreme Court
    Justice William O. Douglas and I shared a relationship that was beyond
    words.

    Appointed to the Supreme Court by President Roosevelt, U.S. Supreme
    Court Justice William O. Douglas served our nation’s highest court
    through one of the most tumultuous periods of American history.

    As a conservationist, U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas
    had a burning passion to preserve and protect the wilderness. I think
    he came to the Olympic Peninsula to get away from it all. Instead, he
    moved next door to the Neal Family. We were loggers. U.S. Supreme
    Court Justice William O. Douglas was a tree hugger with a reputation
    for being soft on the commies and fast with the women. Conflicts were
    inevitable.

    Things came to a head along about the summer of 1958. U.S. Supreme
    Court Justice William O. Douglas dropped by the house and mentioned he
    was going on a hike to protest a new road the Park Service wanted to
    build out on the Pacific Coast.

    At the time, I was a road builder. I had a dump truck, a road grader
    and an Army tank. Heck, I had my own army with flamethrowers, mortars
    and machine guns all on a dirt pile in the driveway. Every once in a
    while I would bomb my own fort with dirt clods just for fun.

    I had big dreams for a four-year-old: a dump truck army building roads
    across my dirt pile and beyond. And here this big shot, city slicker
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas was trying to shut down
    my job before I even got one. I may have said some things he
    regretted.

    I wanted to go on that beach hike to protest the protest. I had my
    blanket and my pet stuffed monkey all ready. All I needed was a sack
    of jam sandwiches and I could have hit the trail. Instead I got some
    static from the war department. Mom said I could not go off on a beach
    hike with that “pinko judge and his floozies.”

    Looking back with the hindsight of history, U.S. Supreme Court Justice
    William O. Douglas might have been right all along. The deterioration
    of our National Parks infrastructure is a national disgrace. The
    National Park Service can’t maintain the roads they have. They have no
    business building anymore. Later we moved to Sappho, and that is the
    last we ever saw of U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

    Sappho was once the largest and most modern logging camp on the
    Olympic Peninsula. It is now nothing more than a wide spot along
    Highway 101. Logging camps had long been considered to be like
    an American gulag with cork boots. Conditions were rough, working six
    11-hour days in a row with Sundays off to boil the lice out of your
    woolies and change the straw in your bed.

    During World War I, Colonel Disque of the Spruce Division built a
    railroad to haul spruce from Lake Pleasant through Sappho into Port
    Angeles. The colonel insisted on humane living conditions for his
    soldier-loggers, so even though not one stick of spruce came over the
    railroad before the war ended, conditions in the logging camps
    improved. Not that the loggers would admit it. Each logging camp was
    said to have three crews: one quitting, one working and one getting
    hired.

    The railroad was very important to the history of Sappho. It was
    blamed for starting a fire just west of Lake Crescent in the summer of
    1951. Rangers put the fire out but they can burn underground in tree
    roots for weeks undetected. On Sept. 18, a 50-mile an hour east wind
    kicked up and pushed the fire all the way to Forks, almost burning the
    town before the wind shifted and the fire stopped at the Calawah
    River.

    Suddenly Sappho was all set to salvage 35,000 acres of prime timber
    from what has been known ever since as The Forks Fire.  My old man was
    a timber cruiser; he determined the number of board feet in a forest
    before it was cut.

    Loggers were using diesel-powered high lead towers and
    gasoline-powered chain saws. The Spruce Railroad was replaced by log
    trucks that delivered 200 loads of logs into Port Angeles every day.
    We lived in the upscale section of Sappho, kitty corner from the
    cookhouse where fine dining was to be had with three heart-stopping
    meals a day. I still remember my first peanut butter sandwich. It was
    the best.

    My neighbor Larry had a pool. I had a swimsuit. Larry’s dad was a log
    truck driver. My dad said they would drive for free if you would just
    paint their names on the door of the truck. I wondered how they could
    afford such a big pool. It must have been six feet across and a foot
    and a half deep when it was blown up.

    Larry was a real card. I remember when all us kids were herded over to
    watch them hoist an elk out of a crummy, (a truck used to transport
    loggers to the job). Larry said, “That thing is as big as a buffalo.”
    I thought that was the funniest thing I ever heard.

    At some point tragedy struck. We moved to town. As September
    approached, each day was like another day closer to the end of life as
    I knew it: the first day of school.

    I am not blaming anyone for my fear of school, but it is probably my
    big sister’s fault. She said I was adopted from an orphanage for the
    criminally insane so I had better watch my step. My big sister was two
    years older than me and more than happy to tell me anything she wanted
    me to know about school.

    “They put you in a big dark room with no windows. They have a big
    spotlight,” she said. “They shine the light on the teacher who stands
    up in front of the class talking all day long.”

    “What if you have to go to the bathroom?” I asked.

    “You’d better not. They’ll shine the spotlight on you and everyone
    will know,” she said.

    Try as she might to look on the bright side, my big sister could not
    shield me forever from the harsh realities of that first day of
    school. There were the fellow students, a half-wit gang of
    sucker-punchers who remain my friends to this day. There were the
    teachers who I try to avoid to this day.

    There were student activities like lunchtime. That was an opportunity
    to share whatever special treats mom packed in the old lunch box with
    your new friends … if you knew what was good for you. Some of the
    big kids had been stuck in grade school for so long they had started
    shaving. So if you had a problem sharing your blackberry pie for a
    rotten banana, you would better wolf it down first thing in the
    morning before you got on the bus.

    There was recess, with games like Crack the Whip, Dutch Knuckles and
    Indian Rope Burn. The teachers didn’t seem to care what we did. We
    thought they were in the basement smoking or something. No one wanted
    to bother the teachers unless we couldn’t get the bleeding stopped on
    our own.

    On a good day, we’d head out across a gravel pit, through a brush pile
    and into a real live haunted house with a hidden treasure: a stack of
    old National Geographics that would have made Caligula blush.

    Before you knew it a teacher fired a signal shot out of an old Luger
    she brought back from the war and recess was over. We’d line up for a
    drink at the water fountain. Just when you were ready to gulp down a
    drink, some joker would plow into the back of the line crushing the
    unfortunate drinker face first into the fountain. Sometimes the
    fountain was plugged up with blood and teeth so you almost didn’t want
    a drink but that’s all there was.

    That was the old days, the late Pleistocene I think. We used fountain
    pens, which could shoot ink quite a way when you got them sighted in.
    Once you got inked, you were bound to get pasted, with the white gooey
    stuff you could never wipe off. Mix in the rotten fruit and dirt bags
    you were constantly getting pelted with and you could come home from
    school looking like a modern art painting.

    Then there were classes like math where they tried to teach us to
    count without taking off our shoes. At some point, they hit us with
    the new math, which I didn’t get either. The math teacher said, “pie
    are square,” when anyone knows pies are round. Blackberry cobblers and
    apple crisps are square. I must have been a child genius to figure
    that out, but the know-it-all teachers just laughed.

    Discipline was strict. They impacted my self-esteem, sometimes with
    large pieces of wood. Like many Catholic schoolchildren in the ’60s, I
    was convinced I was going to hell. That was the bad news. The good
    news was that all my friends would be there.

    A  lot of my friends were altar boys and I was too. These days it is
    very popular to make fun of altar boys with jokes like “Why doesn’t
    the Catholic Church allow birth control? Because altar boys don’t get
    pregnant.” But in the old days of the Latin Mass, you had to have your
    act together to be an altar boy. Those unfamiliar with the Catholic
    faith probably don’t know what a big job that was. After you learned
    Latin, you were in charge of the water, wine, bread, candles, incense,
    bells, a medieval wardrobe and in some cases crowd control in
    everything from baptisms to funerals.

    Meanwhile there was no slouching, fidgeting, or worse, sleeping
    allowed. Well maybe that wasn’t the worst thing you could do as an
    altar boy. The worst thing would be dropping the bread, which
    represents the body of Christ. Go dropping Jesus during Communion and
    you’d find yourself serving 6 a.m. Mass with the new guys for the rest
    of your altar-boy career.

    Screw-ups who couldn’t light the candles, fire up the incense or pour
    water were never going to fast track their way up to the big time, the
    Holiday High Masses. That’s where you made the big bucks, up to $5 for
    a midnight Mass.

    Then there was that other special perk that few realized. Being an
    altar boy meant you could skip a lot of school on religious grounds.
    People died all the time so there were funerals during the week. We
    called it “the graveyard shift.”  At the time I would have skipped
    school to go frog hunting if I could get away with it, but serving
    Mass at funerals was the only alibi that would pass the parental
    guidance committee.

    It didn’t take long for the money and the free pass out of class to go
    right to our heads. We thought we were better than everyone. We could
    look down our nose at the drunks who only came to church once a year
    at midnight on Christmas Eve or Easter while we went almost every day.
    Never mind that we were sneaking the sacramental wine, what the heck.
    We smoked and chewed, so pounding a little vino first thing in the
    morning was no big deal.

    Still, being an altar boy was not without its special challenges and
    humbling episodes that confirmed our worst suspicions, that we were as
    rotten as anyone.

    People talk about seven deadly sins, but they never mention the one
    that might have been worse than all the others put together to an
    altar boy: flatulence. You had only one chance to get away with it.
    You wanted to be ringing the bells during the attack and maybe move
    along and light off a big lump of incense really quick before the
    guilty party could be identified. I often think of this when people
    refer to Catholic Mass as “bells and smells.”

    Eventually I started going to a bigger church. It contained one of the
    Earth’s greatest treasures: silence. This church was so big it had
    mountains, giant trees and a river running through it. I took my
    priest friend out to my church on the Queets River and confessed I was
    a poor excuse for an altar boy. He caught a nice silver and all my
    sins were forgiven.

    After what seemed like a year of school and church and church and
    school, we made it to the best day of the year: the last day of
    school.

    I wonder if any words in the English language filled me with such a
    sense of wonder as a child. I wondered if I would ever get to the next
    grade. By the last day of school, the dread of getting that final
    report card hung in my gut like a chunk of lead.

    The teachers liked to make a big deal about how much they would miss
    us when school was out. I thought of how much I’d miss my fellow
    classmates, if I was lucky. Some of them had BB guns and weren’t
    afraid to use them. Others had gangs or fighting dogs so you wanted to
    plan on missing your classmates all summer long if at all possible.

    The best way to avoid your classmates was to go camping in the Olympic
    Mountains.

    You hear a lot these days about getting close to nature and camping
    without leaving a trace. We did that. If our camps had been any closer
    to nature, they would have been underground. Since then all our old
    camping places have been bulldozed, subdivided and suburbanized
    without a trace.

    I’ll never forget camping under the bark shelter. We set a pole frame
    against a log and covered the works with slabs of cedar bark. There
    was a carpet of moss for a floor. It was snug as a bug in a rug, for a
    while. Peeling that bark must have awakened every bug in that log. No
    one noticed the bugs once the skunk showed up.

    When we got older, we wanted to camp in Olympic National Park. If the
    millions of tourists who visit National Park each year built a bark
    shelter, they could have the place clear-cut in no time. It was time
    to go hi-tech. I had to get a tent.

    There many fine ones on the market. They all shared one thing in
    common: They leaked. A leaky tarp was cheaper than a leaky tent and we
    were on a budget.

    As luck would have it, mom got a new shower curtain on the last day of
    school. I got the old one. It was perfect for camping with little
    holes around the edges you could tie string to and batten down the
    hatches when the bad weather hit.

    I’ll never forget that first and last night under the shower curtain.
    We’d slogged into a high mountain lake right when the ice was off.
    That was the best time to fish but the wind was blowing so hard it
    made casting impossible.

    I made a lean-to out of the shower curtain. It lasted until the wind
    picked up, howling across a snowfield. I wrapped up in that shower
    curtain and waited until dawn.

    Back then summer vacation wasn’t all just camping and fishing.
    Children were considered farm machinery. There were many fine farm
    careers to choose from, and I couldn’t wait get started.

    Picking strawberries seemed like easy money, to start out early on a
    summer morning, gorging down an endless row of perfectly ripe berries.
    That was strawberry heaven, until your gut hurt so bad you could not
    walk upright, which started the endless trips to the outhouse where
    you spotted a fellow sucker-puncher from school, which started the
    berry fight.

    That’s where you had to be careful. You could get fired for berry
    fights. Once you got fired, there was no more dough for the things you
    really needed for a happy childhood, like illegal fireworks and
    fishing gear. This was the bad old days before enlightened parents
    gave their kids credits cards to manage their money.

    So you didn’t want to get caught throwing berries even at somebody who
    was asking for it by throwing berries at you. No. Revenge could wait.
    There would be many trips to the outhouse those first couple of days
    of berry picking until you were so sick of eating berries you’d just
    as soon chew on a dirt clod.

    As luck would have it, the boss kept all the boys picking together
    where he could keep an eye on them. No matter what, the other guy’s
    row of berries always seemed to be a little riper with a few more of
    the really big strawberries that could fill up your boxes faster. It
    was against the rules to pick on another picker’s row, but nobody said
    anything about swapping boxes with them.

    Just for fun, I liked to exchange a specially prepared “sucker-box”
    with my friend while he was busy in the outhouse. That was a box of
    rocks covered with a thin layer of camouflage berries. It was a dirty
    trick but my friend had it coming. We both did.

    As the day in the berry field wore on, your back began to ache from
    the constant strain of bending. Your knees were shot from crawling
    down the endless rows. You only got paid for the berries you picked
    and if you ate all the berries you picked you paid in many ways.
    Gastric distress that kept you dashing for the outhouse was the bad
    news. The good news was it was probably the only shade in the field.

    After what seemed like all day, it was quitting time. The pickers
    lined up for their pay, but my pay was short. It seemed I had a box of
    rocks in my berries. I’d been sucker-boxed!
    I went on to pick many other crops after that — berries, beans and peas.

    Then, regular as rain, a magic thing would happen every summer:
    Grandma would come for a visit.

    I had a fishing Grandma. When she retired to go fishing, the trout
    population took a severe hit. She had a flame-red Valiant with a big
    V-8 and a push-button automatic transmission. It had plenty of
    get-up-and-go and a trunk big enough to hold enough supplies for an
    expedition. It could take several people to help unload the fiesta
    cake, 24-hour salad, cookies, oranges, grapes and more from the vast
    trunk.

    Her motto was, “You should never give up an opportunity for an outing
    or a trip.” She believed, among other things, that cherries should be
    canned with the pits taken out. Embroidering pillow slips and quilting
    on Tuesdays keeps your fingers nimble. The cookie jar should always be
    full and it is perfectly acceptable for growing boys to eat a whole
    pie. Her banana crème pie was a monument to the culinary arts. She did
    not skimp on the butter.

    I could hardly wait for Grandma to show up for her yearly clamming and
    fishing trip. When fishing with her, you didn’t go around looking for
    pop bottles to turn in for money for treats, no. Grandma Neal not only
    had the classiest ride in the county, she had plenty of cash to go
    with it. We’d hit the road for the beach at low tide and dig a washtub
    of clams then go out for burgers in a little shack right on the beach.

    Once Grandma got her fill of clams, we’d go fishing in the Elwha, a
    legendary trout stream in its day. We’d drive up the Olympic Hot
    Springs road and fish the holes along the road.

    There is some fast water in that stretch. I was fishing downstream
    from Grandma when she tumbled into the river. I tried to help as she
    went bobbing by, but just then I hooked a 12-inch rainbow on my
    Herter’s spinner. Grandma made it out okay though.

    After that Grandma Neal dropped us off along the river while she took
    a rest. We’d come back to the Valiant for lunch with a couple limits
    of trout. A Grandma Neal shore lunch was a banquet fit for a king.
    After lunch we’d head out for another limit while Grandma took a nap.
    We’d fish until we ran out of worms and head back to the Valiant with
    another basket of trout, then style back home for a fish fry.

    Back at school I once bragged I had “the fishing-est” Grandma there
    was. Those were fighting words at the time.

    “Your Grandma doesn’t fish,” a punk who used to be my friend said.
    “She just sits in the car.”

    He should know. Grandma took him fishing the summer before. He didn’t
    understand a fishing Grandma. She didn’t have to fish. That’s what the
    grandkids were for. They were all fishing fools. She could park that
    Valiant almost anywhere in the Western United States, turn the
    grandkids loose and go home with a basket of trout. That’s a fishing
    Grandma in my book.

    The good old days were too good to last. I turned into a worthless
    teenager tumbling down the slippery slope to the dark side. I started
    fly-fishing. Before long I was too busy to go fishing with Grandma
    Neal. She started going to Reno. She said it had a beautiful cathedral
    and playing cards kept your mind sharp. She had always believed in
    supporting the local bingo games. It might have affected her health.
    She only lived to be 100. When she died, the trout population in
    heaven took a severe hit.

    Grandma was a wise and spiritual woman. She walked to church every day
    until she was 97. She once told me to stay in school because no one
    could take an education away from you. Those words stayed with me.

    Staying in school required my participation in a number of careers
    that no longer exist. I got a job cutting the logs out of creeks. Now
    we put them back in. I was a member of the Shingleweavers Union
    working in a shingle mill. Now there is no more union. I cut off fish
    heads, trolled for salmon, cut shake bolts.

    I got a job thinning trees in the Forks Burn up on Bonidu Mountain.
    These baby trees were growing amid the stumps of the big old growth
    they had logged. We thinned out the young Douglas fir, Pacific silver
    fir and hemlock so they would grow faster.

    Years later I was snooping through a timber cruising notebook of my
    now deceased father. By chance I opened to the page to where he was
    cruising the Douglas fir, silver fir and hemlock timber on Bonidu
    Mountain. Out of the millions of acres in the working forest, we
    worked the same land. I thought that was pretty cool.

    Eventually I graduated from college with a degree in history. I got a
    job with the government identifying and locating historic sites,
    artifacts and objects on the Olympic Peninsula. It began a life-long
    study that continued after the job ran out, to the present day. It was
    the late ‘70s. The sons and daughters of the original pioneers of the
    Olympic Peninsula were still alive. I interviewed these people, and we
    became fast friends.

    There was Lena Fletcher, daughter of John Huelsdonk, the “Iron Man of
    the Hoh,” and his granddaughter, Missy Barlow. There was Kate
    Flaherty, daughter of Chris Morganroth; Boston Charlie’s niece, Lavern
    Hepfner; and old Abe Cameron’s kid, Emerson Boone Cameron. He was
    known as Boone. I met him through Harry Reed, who had hunted, fished
    and trapped the Dungeness country with Boone for 40 years or so. Harry
    must have been in his 70s. Boone was 80-something. What Harry and
    Boone didn’t know about the Dungeness wasn’t worth knowing.

    The Dungeness was a haunted valley of abandoned farms, mines,
    distilleries, and logging and hunting camps connected with trails,
    roads, railroads and lookouts that have long since disappeared. I
    thought I would write about it someday, so here goes.

    Harry and Boone were the last of the mountain men, self-described
    reprobates and moonshine connoisseurs. They homesteaded, hunted,
    fished, trapped, logged and guided decades before I was born. They
    were living historic monuments.

    My job was to remember everything they said. I had to remember it. I
    didn’t have a tape recorder. I couldn’t write it down. That’s
    impossible while you’re driving on a muddy road where one slip will
    put you in a quagmire or off the side of the mountain while your
    guides are arguing over which way to turn and the names of every
    creek, hollow and knob along the way.

    Geographic place names are a record of the past. Graveyard Spit was
    named after a massacre. Whiskey Flats was named after the town’s
    leading industry. Wildcat Creek was named after one of Boone’s old
    girlfriends. That’s what Harry said anyway.

    We were road hunting at the time since both of the guys were too old
    to walk very far. Harry had his Long Tom, a single shot 12-gauge,
    which, together with Boone’s lever-action rifle, looked like a pile of
    scrap iron, but that’s how they killed their game. Boone said he
    killed two elk in his life, big five-point bulls. One was shot at the
    head of Lost River and the other was up the Lillian River. Boone
    figured that might be in Olympic National Park these days, and I said
    they were.

    Boone and his father, Abe, hunted and guided up in the Olympics before
    there was a park. His father had named Cameron Creek and named the
    valley it flowed through “Boone Valley.” Boone offered to draw me a
    map of his old hunting country with all their cabins and trails in his
    own style, with the letters backwards so I would have to look at it in
    a mirror to read it. I thought a map like that would be worth a
    fortune just for all the antique whiskey bottles you’d find around
    where the cabins stood, but Boone died before he drew that map. It
    became a real problem for my research. All my friends were dying of
    old age.

    One day when we were driving up the river to go fishing, Harry said he
    was having a stroke. I turned the truck around. Harry seemed surprised
    we were going to the hospital. He said not to worry, the stroke
    wouldn’t hit until the next day.

    It was February. The temperature was in the low 30s with rain just
    turning to snow, perfect steelhead weather. The Dungeness was loaded
    with steelhead. Harry said he could probably catch our limit in an
    hour. I drove up the river feeling like an accessory to
    fishing-assisted suicide.

    Harry didn’t even own a tackle box. He carried a wicker creel. Inside
    he had a few leaders tied up, some split shot and a jar of eggs cured
    in sugar and salt. Once in a while Harry would get fancy.

    “We started tying yarn on our leaders after the War,” he said. That
    would be the big one, WWII. The rest of Harry’s gear looked like it
    had been through the war. The guides on his rod and his reel were held
    on with electrical tape. He would strip out some line and swing his
    little glob of caviar out into the river, usually less than 10 feet
    from shore. Harry caught both our limits before I got my fancy gear
    untangled.

    “You have to feel the bite,” Harry said. That hurt. A fishermen’s ego
    can be as delicate as the most fragile ecosystem. Harry had a 50-year
    steelhead fishing head start on me. I thought it would be only fair if
    he let me catch a fish once in a while.

    Still there was more to a hunting or fishing trip with Harry than
    hunting and fishing. It was a treasure hunt. Harry brought a metal
    detector. He found all kinds metal tools and stove parts buried under
    the sod of long-abandoned homesteads, along with the remains of the
    Olympic Mountain Moonshiner. This was an endangered species, which,
    like the 100-pound salmon and the Olympic timber wolf, went extinct
    shortly after they were “discovered.”

    The moonshiners left a network of trails and camps that ran from the
    tidewater dock on the Dungeness far into the mountains packing grain,
    sugar, yeast and dynamite to supply the many thirsty mines, logging
    camps, fishing lodges, hunting camps, bawdy houses, dance halls and
    homesteads that used to populate the last frontier.

    In 1897, much of the moonshiner’s home range was declared a national
    monument to protect the elk. This brought law to the Olympic
    Peninsula. The year 1920 brought Prohibition, which, as Will Rogers
    said, was “better than no liquor at all.”

    There were conflicts. “Dodger Bender” manned the fire lookout on the
    mountain that now bears his name, Dodger Point up the Elwha River. The
    story goes that Dodger discovered a still and got knifed and killed by
    a moonshiner.

    The rich farmlands of the Dungeness provided the grain that, when
    combined with pure Olympic mountain spring water, could supply the
    20,000 sailors of the U.S. Pacific Squadron with refreshments. The
    squadron had spent summers on maneuvers in Port Angeles Harbor ever
    since 1895 when Old Admiral Beardsley spent so much time fishing Lake
    Crescent they named the trout after him. For the next 40 years,
    thousands of thirsty sailors enriched the social scene of the
    Peninsula. That was until 1933 when the do-gooders ended Prohibition
    and killed the moonshiner’s market.

    In 1938, the National Park took over, putting the last nail in the
    moonshiner’s coffin. Today the remains of the moonshiners are not much
    to look at. Often there is just a collection of metal barrel hoops
    sticking out of the forest floor. Other times you might see an old
    10-gallon milk can. These were “borrowed” from dairy farms in the
    valley. Harry would find what was left with his metal detector.

    Many of these pioneer remains were soon obliterated by a logging
    industry that had no appreciation for cultural resources. Logging was
    really taking off at the time.

    By the 1970s, the Japanese post-war economy had developed to the point
    where they bought American wood. We shipped what was the finest old
    growth timber on the planet to the Orient as raw logs. Up to 300
    truckloads of logs came into Port Angeles every day to be shipped
    overseas. Meanwhile, American mills were being forced out of business
    from a lack of wood.

    By the 1980s, we had logged and burned the last remaining watersheds
    of the Olympic Peninsula from the saltwater to the National Park
    boundary. The Japanese economy crashed along with the logging
    industry. My government job ran out. I became a fishing guide for
    salmon and steelhead and have fished ever since.

    There have been many changes to the Olympic Peninsula since I started
    guiding. The salmon, elk and timber for which this land was famous is
    mostly rare, endangered or just plain gone. Still what is left of our
    rivers represents the best of the last or the last of the best salmon
    and steelhead fishing in the country. Fishing may be bad and getting
    worse, but you can still have an awesome day on the river. Which may
    prove the old theory: The worse fishing gets, the more you need a
    guide.

    Pat Neal is a fishing guide

    He can be reached at 360-683-9867 or by email via patnealwild life@gmail.com.


  • 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

  • The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop?

    The New Elwha Bridge and Rest Stop?

    Who knew? What Rest Stop?

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    Clallam County Code 31.06.060 Transportation policies

    www.codepublishing.com/WA/ClallamCounty/?ClallamCounty31/ClallamCounty310…

    (a) Encourage the Washington State Department of Transportation to retain all of their properties adjoining Highway 101 for future use as rest stops, scenic pullouts, roadside parks and….

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     We all know now,  So, Let’s plan on it!

    The possibilities are endless

    March 7, 2017  After looking at the 2017 plans for the new Elwha bridge, I immediately saw the possibilities and an opportunity for a Clallam County rest stop on the Norm’s Resort Property on High Way 101 next to the Elwha River.

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

    In 1979  Norm’s  privately owned resort gave local citizens and tourists  FREE recreational access to 10 or more acres of private land on the bank of the Elwha River. It was great, FREE public access with a  long dirt trail for walking beside the river, free fishing,  and rental boats.

    At some point in time the Norm’s Resort property of 10 or more acres was acquired by the  government and bull dozed flat.

    With the replacement of the Elwha River bridge by WSDOT  at an estimated cost of  $18 to $25 million dollar, the opportunity and possibilities for Clallam County recreational use are endless.

    Why stop with just a Clallam County rest stop on the Norm’s Resort Property? Why not add free public recreational access a walking trail and picnic area?

    WSDOT will be tearing up the entire intersection of Highway 101 and Olympic Hot Springs Road. WSDOT will be required to do  and pay for restoration on the entire disturbed area.

    Clallam County has a history of success with the rest stop area East of Port Angeles on Highway 101.

    AND, Clallam County has a history of success, rated at four and a half stars.

    Salt Creek Recreation Area – Clallam County

    SALT CREEK RECREATION AREA IS A CLALLAM COUNTY PARK

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    Five Generations of our Rains family have enjoyed the FREE Salt Creek beach.

    We give it A FIVE STAR RATING.

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     Why stop with a rest stop, walking trail and picnic area on the Elwha River?

    The possibilities and opportunity for Clallam County on nearly 50 acres previously developed recreational land are endless.

    According to the Clallam County Planning Dept map, there are nearly fifty acres (50)   of previously owned developed, public recreational land located in Clallam County. It is now owned by U.S.A. It includes the Norm’s Resort property on the East side of the Elwha River and a much larger piece of land on the West side, a Public boat launch owned by WA State,  that had locked out citizens  because of the removal of the Elwha River Dams.

    At some point in time, “THEY” combined the nearly  fifty acres of  public recreational land into one parcel  number in Clallam County.

    At some point in time  it ended up being owned by the U.S.A.  in GOVERNMENT LIMBO LAND, with four options.

    OPTION ONE (1) GIVE IT TO THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK?

    The ONP has a track record  of failure, massive wash out Nov 17, 2015, Olympic Hot Springs Road emergency repairs? $4 million and they can’t even keep the road open for the gateway to the Olympics public trail access or their public view point. The National Park Service (NPS) has a $12,000,000,000.00 billion dollar backlog in maintenance.

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    OPTION TWO (2) GIVE IT TO WA STATE?

    What would they do with  it?

    WA State can’t even figure out how to fund basic education.

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    OPTION THREE  (3) GIVE IT TO THE TRIBES?

    The Tribes already have their fair share of tribal access on the Elwha River.

    The Clallam County, local citizens and tourists have,  FOR THE MOST PART, ZERO PUBLIC ACCESS AND ZERO PUBLIC RECREATIONAL LAND ON THE ELWHA RIVER.

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    LIMBO LAND OPTION FOUR (4) GIVE IT TO OTHER.

    I am formally submitting this option four (4) request  to our Clallam county elected officials Commissioners, Bill Peach, Randy Johnson and Mark Mozias, and DCD Mary Ellen Winborn. for their review and consideration including the Road Dept. Ross Tyler P.E. and the Parks Dept.

    Clallam County has a very long history of success providing  “USER FRIENDLY” public access for local and tourist recreational facilities.

    It is submitted, based on its merit for public access and recreational opportunity  for local citizens  and Clallam Counties economic tourism value. The estimated number of tourist visiting Clallam County every year is 300,000.

    I am also sending this email to WSDOT to start the formal dialogue for coordination between Clallam County and the State of WA, in the best interest of U.S.A. everyone.

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    And, perhaps as a reminder to WSDOT on Rest Stops and Roadside Parks.

    Clallam County Code

    www.codepublishing.com/WA/ClallamCounty/?ClallamCounty31/ClallamCounty310…

    (a) Encourage the Washington State Department of Transportation to retain all of their properties adjoining Highway 101 for future use as rest stops, scenic …

    31.06.060 Transportation policies.

    (1) Highway 101. Preserve and enhance the Highway 101 corridor for regional mobility to improve its functionality for business, area residents, tourists, nonmotorized transportation, freight and services.

    (a) Encourage the Washington State Department of Transportation to retain all of their properties adjoining Highway 101 for future use as rest stops, scenic pullouts, roadside parks and future transit pullouts.

    (b) Work with the Washington State Department of Transportation and other agencies to ensure that Highway 101 meets the goal that the corridor function regionally for the mobility of goods, services and passengers…… —————————————————————————–

    WSDOT is  in the planning stage for the new Elwha bridge replacement and what specific restoration could be provided free of charge, by the state, for a Clallam County Rest Stop, public access, a Roadside Park and other public recreational uses. 

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    Salt Creek Recreation Area – Clallam County – WillhiteWeb.com

    www.willhiteweb.com/washington/salt_creek_recreation…/camp_hayden_288.htm

    Salt Creek Recreation Area is a Clallam County Park but is as good as any … the 518-acre Camp Hayden military reservation at Tongue Point was part of the …

    SALT CREEK RECREATION AREA IS A CLALLAM COUNTY PARK

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    ELWHA RIVER RECREATION AREA – A CLALLAM COUNTY PARK

    Indeed, the possibilities and opportunity for Clallam County to develop public recreation facilities on nearly 50 acres of Elwha riverfront property are endless.

    The estimated number of tourist visiting Clallam County each year is 300,000.

    I know many of you will be thinking about this

    PLEASE THINK BIG!


  • 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.”

     Behind My Back | Let Me Ask America a Question

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/04/26/letmeask-america-a-question/

    Apr 26, 2016 – The Wall Street Journal, Apr 14, 2016. Let Me Ask America a Question. HOW HAS THE ‘SYSTEM’ BEEN WORKING OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

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    HOW HAS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LONG RANGE PLAN ‘WILD WILDERNESS SYSTEM’ BEEN WORKING OUT FOR AMERICA?

    AND?  FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY ON THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA?

    Question 4) Imagine you are visiting the Olympic National Park wilderness area 20 years from now. What conditions, experiences, visitor services, and facilities would you like to see?

     Above is  Question 4)  Olympic National Park – WILDERNESS Stewardship Plan – Public Scoping Comment Report

    PAGE ONE (1) SOME COMMENTS PERTAINED TO SUBJECT MATTER THAT IS “IRRELEVANT” TO WILDERNESS SCOPING FOR THE WSP/EIS AND WILL NOT BE ADDRESSED WITHIN THE PLAN.

    IRRELEVANT TOPICS INCLUDE WILD OLYMPICS AND WILD & SCENIC RIVER DESIGNATION

    AND MOST CERTAINLY IRRELEVANT QUESTIONS TO THE LONG RANGE PLANS 1944-2016 OF THE  NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND  OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK  SHALL ALWAYS BE TOTALLY IGNORED AND GO UNANSWERED

    THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE LONG RANGE PLAN HAS REALLY GONE WILD.

    HOW WILD IS THE NPS LONG RANGE WILDERNESS  PLAN?  JUST LIKE A WILDFIRE, OUT OF CONTROL AND SPREADING FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA.

    SPREADING FROM WILD TO WILDERNESS TO WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS

    LET’S SCOPE OUT AND DOCUMENT THE WILD, WILDERNESS, WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS  SIDE OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (NPS)

    Olympic National Park – WILDERNESS Stewardship Plan – Public Scoping Comment Report

    PAGE ONE (1)

    SOME COMMENTS PERTAINED TO SUBJECT MATTER THAT IS IRRELEVANT TO THE SCOPING FOR THE WSP/EIS AND WILL NOT BE ADDRESSED WITHIN THE PLAN, but will be documented in the administrative record for this project.

    These IRRELEVANT topics include, but are not limited to, those related to Hurricane Ridge Road, Dosewallips Road (USFS), Deer Park Road, Waterhole Hut, Wild Olympics and Wild & Scenic River Designation, Lake Crescent, the Olympic Discovery Trail/Spruce Railroad Trail, non-wilderness facilities and activities at Sol Duc or in general, and public transit systems.

    Many commenters referred to the Topic Questions provided during scoping.

    1) What makes the Olympic National Park wilderness area special to you and why?

    2) When you visit the Olympic National Park wilderness area, what activities and experiences are most important to you?

    3) What do you think the issues are in the Olympic National Park wilderness area?

    4) Imagine you are visiting the Olympic National Park wilderness area 20 years from now. What conditions, experiences, visitor services, and facilities would you like to see?

    5) Please share any additional comments or suggestions.

    My irrelevant WILD scoping comments

    Public Scoping Comment Report – Planning, Environment and Public …

    are on page 12, 13, 14 and the top of page 15.

    Correspondence ID:

     

    30  Project:  29224  Document:  50933

     

    July 31, 2016 links have been added on the attachment

    Public Scoping Comment Report – Planning, Environment and Public …

    OCTOBER 2013 https://parkplanning.nps.gov/showFile.cfm?projectID=29224…Scoping…

    The Long Range WILD Plan of NPS 1944-2016 Exposed

    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.”

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    10 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True – antimedia

    theantimedia.org/10-conspiracytheories-that-turned-out-to-be-true/

    May 18, 2015 – Now, let’s not go out there and try to prove conspiracy theories to be true. We wouldn’t want to expose the corruption of the state.

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    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 …

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

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    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

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

    Behind My Back | Wild Olympics is More than a Scam

    www.behindmyback.org/2015/07/24/wildolympics-is-more-than-a-scam/

    Jul 24, 2015 – THE WILD OLYMPICS PLAN is more than a fraud, a thing intended to deceive others, typically by unjustifiably claiming or being credited with …

    The bottom line….

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


  • 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.


  • Wilding the West Murrays Choice Our Sacrifice

    Wilding the West Murray’s Choice Our Sacrifice

    SENATOR MURRAY HAS MADE HER CHOICE, INTRODUCING  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

    Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining Legislative Hearing

    Please click on and read the two links below.

    Someone else’s choice = your sacrifice

    There are some words and terms with a local parallel which you will quickly recognize like: STAKEHOLDERS, SUSTAINABILITY, UNSUSTAINABLE, COLLABORATE ,WATER UNCERTAINTY, JOBS, GREEN ECONOMY, BIODIVERSITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, RESTORATION, WATER QUALITY, POLLUTION,

    STATUS QUO (which is probably code for locals trying to maintain their legal, economic, citizenship and constitutional rights)

     INEQUALITY, EQUALITY, INDIGENOUS, LOCAL, ORGANIC, ORGANIC AGRICULTURE, BIODIVERSITY, NATURAL, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH, CLIMATE CHANGE, ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT, MONITORING, FAIRNESS, JUSTICE, DISTRIBUTIONAL JUSTICE, GOVERNANCE (as opposed to representative government) and on and on. We have been thoroughly sound-bite-bitten by those same UN mantra bumper sticker slogans and terms around here since the beginning of the local collaborator’s stakeholder “settlement” process. It all seems to be frighteningly in sync as well with what is referred to as the UN’s Millennium Declaration and Millennium Development Goals.

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    “Well, if I wanted all the people out of Northern California, what would I do?”

    I’d lock up all the natural resources.  I would remove all the infrastructure… like the DAMS. After some more time went by… I’d have the National Forest in a quasi wilderness area, I’d have the loggers gone…Get rid of the pesky diggers..the mining community. I’d go after the agriculture community…attempt to eliminate them.  I’d go up stream…get rid of the  dams, remove the water inventory and electrical generation for 70,000 homes.

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     Well, if Senator Murray wanted all the people out of the Olympic Peninsula, what would she do?

    Murray introduced the Senate Bill 1510; To designate and expand wilderness areas in OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, AND TO DESIGNATE CERTAIN RIVERS IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL FOREST AND OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK AS WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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    Senator Murray wants all the people off of the Olympic Peninsula

    WELL, IF I WANTED SENATOR MURRAY OUT OF THE U.S. WILDING WILDERNESS BUSINESS, WHAT WOULD I DO?

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    Email my Comment to: Lisa Murkowski
    Chairman of Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Office and Senate Appropriations

    Chairman – U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural …

    www.energy.senate.gov › Home › About United States Senate

    Lisa Murkowski is Alaska’s senior representative in the U.S. Senate and the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Senate Appropriations … To visit Chairman Murkowski’s person office website, click here.

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    My email to Senator Lisa Murkowski
    United States Senator, Alaska

    Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining Legislative Hearing

    Indeed, I do oppose any and all additional Wild, Wilderness, LAND and river designations in the U.S.A.

    SENATOR MURRAY’S BILLS ARE FOR WILDING  AND SACRIFICING OUR USE OF PUBLIC  LANDS AND RIVERS IN WASHINGTON, IDAHO, CALIFORNIA, AND OREGON STATE.

    THE NPS CARETAKERS HAVE A $12 BILLION DOLLAR BACK LOG OF MAINTENANCE.

    BY DEFINITION THE NPS IS NOT AND HAS NOT BEEN FULFILLING IT’S OBLIGATION OR RESPONSIBILITY AS CARETAKER TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE  FOR KEEPING THE NATION’S NATIONAL PARKS  IN GOOD REPAIR.

    BY DEFINITION,  THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE HAS BECOME A GATEKEEPER. THAT CONTROLS PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ACCESS TO OUR PUBLIC LAND AND RESOURCES.

    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Clallam County WA

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    Contact Form

    Thank you very much for contacting my office. I have received your message and your views are important to me. Please be on the lookout for a response from me or my staff.

    In the meantime, please feel free to call my Washington, DC office at (202) 224-6665, connect with me on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter for news and updates.

    Sincerely,

    Lisa Murkowski
    United States Senator, Alaska

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    304 Dirksen Senate Building
    Washington, DC 20510
    Phone: (202) 224-4971
    Fax: (202) 224-6163

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    AND MURRAY’S FOR OTHER PURPOSES? ALASKA?, ARIZONA?, UTAH?

    Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining Legislative Hearing

    366 Dirksen Senate Office Building 02:30 PM

    The Energy and Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining will hold a hearing on Thursday, April 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Room 366 Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.

     The purpose of the hearing is to receive testimony on the following bills:

    1. 1510 (Murray), to designate and expand wilderness areas in Olympic National Forest in the State of WASHINGTON, and to designate certain rivers in Olympic National Forest and Olympic National Park as wild and scenic rivers, and for other purposes.

       S. 1167 (Crapo), to modify the boundaries of the Pole Creek Wilderness, the Owyhee River Wilderness, and the North Fork Owyhee Wilderness and to authorize the continued use of motorized vehicles for livestock monitoring, herding, and grazing in certain wilderness areas in the State of IDAHO.

       S. 1423 (Boxer), to designate certain Federal lands in CALIFORNIA as wilderness, and for other purposes.

    • S. 1699 (Wyden), to designate certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service in the State of OREGON as wilderness and national recreation areas and to make additional wild and scenic river designations in the State of Oregon, and for other purposes.
    • S. 1777 (Risch), to amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to maintain or replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreation services at Smith Gulch in IDAHO, and for other purposes.
    • S. 2018 (Murkowski), to convey, without consideration, the reversionary interests of the United States in and to certain non-Federal land in Glennallen, ALASKA.
    • S. 2223 (Thune), to transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for inclusion in the BLACK HILLS National Cemetery, and for other purposes.
    • S. 2379 (Flake), to provide for the unencumbering of title to non-Federal land owned by the city of Tucson, ARIZONA, for purposes of economic development by conveyance of the Federal reversionary interest to the City.
    • S. 2383 (Hatch), To withdraw certain Bureau of Land Management land in the State of UTAH from all forms of public appropriation, to provide for the shared management of the withdrawn land by the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of the Air Force to facilitate enhanced weapons testing and pilot training, enhance public safety, and provide for continued public access to the withdrawn land, to provide for the exchange of certain Federal land and State land, and for other purposes.

    The hearing will be webcast live on the committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the hearing is complete. Witness testimony will be available on the website at the start of the hearing.

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    Letter to KBC News by Mark Johnson, 4/12/16

    “Well, if I wanted all the people out of Northern California, what would I do?”
    I’d lock up all the natural resources.  I would remove all the infrastructure… like the Klamath dams.

    I would put the people on printed money heroin…and they would get addicted to transfer payments and free government services.

    After some more time went by… I’d have the Klamath National Forest in a quasi wilderness area, I’d have the loggers gone…Get rid of the pesky diggers..the mining community. I’d go after the agriculture community…attempt to eliminate them.  I’d go up stream…get rid of the 4 dams, remove the water inventory and electrical generation for 70,000 homes.  The warm nutrient rich waters from above the dams would not be cleaned by the dreaded green algae.  The nutrient rich without the dams…the water would be warmer down stream, the O2 level less…and the fish kill cycles greater, and deeper.

    Then I’d go to the Klamath Basin…and slowly, surely…eliminate the federal water projects, the potato farmers, the alfalfa farmers,

    I’d make it all a big wetlands area like before the white man.

    Then as a government… I’d be broke…my govt printed money would have no purchasing power. My debt would be so great that I would have to print money to pay the debt which equals inflation.

    The people I tricked with BIA and O and C transfer payments would have no means of support, no raw materials….and no land for wealth creation.

    Those rural people would have to migrate to the cities, or they would have to die early…. like the Native American does on the reservation system.

    U.S. National Debt Clock : Real Time

    It’s not really politics so much as it is Math.

    Take out enough infrastructure…get a welfare govt like the one we have in the US now……. then you can share with Venzuela:

    Venezuela Declares Every Friday A Holiday To Conserve Electricity | Zero Hedge

    It can happen here.   It is happening here.
    Mark Johnson

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    Someone else’s choice = your sacrifice
    Posted on the www.klamathbasincrisis.org / KBC News Discussion Forum by Finnious T Fogbottom Tue April 12, 2016
    Over the past 25 years over 800 dams of various sizes have been destroyed in our nation alone. That is a bit scary since one of the big differences between first and third world countries is found in the existence or absence of fully functioning dams. The politically correct World Bank had been busily financing the construction of Third World dams by the way, until there arose too much pressure from their otherwise Green allies. Truly when the ethically protected usage, flow and storage of water is harnessed by and for humankind freedom can have a tendency to abound, when combined with free markets that is. With the availability of resources as such there also comes great opportunity for individual advancement in terms of education, employment, wealth, strength, vitality, health and the pursuit of happiness. That also leads directly to the enhancement of the general fitness, financial soundness, global relevance, unity, security and wellbeing of a nation, from the bottom up.

    On the other hand if a certain sort would like to subversively take control of a nation an obvious place to begin would be to gain despotic, destructive and disruptive control over its waters. Because with that also comes authority over many other things that we can’t live without like food, wealth, jobs, electricity etc. It hasn’t gone without notice that over recent decades there have been many an alarming attempt and success in the movement to drain our citizenry and nation of its wealth, rights, freedom, future, confidence, trust of government, unadulterated history and might. Simultaneously a form of top down centralized constituency free governance has been worming its way into the political landscape of our nation and even the world.

    So, what if there really were dedicated and well funded operations in existence which work tirelessly to undermine capitalism, and with that reshape the balance of local, regional, national and global power? What if their preferred and nearly perfected disruptive mechanism is simply the oppressive manipulation of water, species, rights, equality issues, sea and land policy? What if all of this was falling into place through Marxist inspired radical political correctness and environmentalism, empowered by the tragic consensus, collaboration and support of a manipulated populace which has apocalyptically yet proudly exchanged the truth for a lie? Well, that just may be what is currently taking place near and far.

    Not too long before the seemingly treacherous and unsupported agreement to remove four Klamath River dams was signed (with blatant indifference to voter or congressional approval) it was more than a little disquieting to find out that Dan Keppen, (former head of the Klamath Water Users Association) had met with the Obama Whitehouse and United Nations associates in person to discuss water issues, water policy and resolution templates including the Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement (KBRA) etc. That time line may be coincidental, still it is important to consider how many of the KBRA collaboration buzz words are found throughout a UN report titled MANAGING WATER UNDER UNCERTAINTY AND RISK. It is quite revealing to search out (control/F) certain words in that document. There are some words and terms with a local parallel which you will quickly recognize like: STAKEHOLDERS, SUSTAINABILITY, UNSUSTAINABLE, COLLABORATE ,WATER UNCERTAINTY, JOBS, GREEN ECONOMY, BIODIVERSITY, ACCOUNTABILITY, TRANSPARENCY, RESTORATION, WATER QUALITY, POLLUTION, STATUS QUO (which is probably code for locals trying to maintain their legal, economic, citizenship and constitutional rights) INEQUALITY, EQUALITY, INDIGENOUS, LOCAL, ORGANIC, ORGANIC AGRICULTURE, BIODIVERSITY, NATURAL, SUSTAINABLE GROWTH, CLIMATE CHANGE, ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT, MONITORING, FAIRNESS, JUSTICE, DISTRIBUTIONAL JUSTICE, GOVERNANCE (as opposed to representative government) and on and on. We have been thoroughly sound-bite-bitten by those same UN mantra bumper sticker slogans and terms around here since the beginning of the local collaborator’s stakeholder “settlement” process. It all seems to be frighteningly in sync as well with what is referred to as he UN’s Millennium Declaration and Millennium Development Goals.

    I was sad but not astonished as well to see in Keppen’s Herald and News article that he was also happy about the success enjoyed by Klamath Blue Zone programs and projects. Here too rises up the nagging fear that KBZone may be just one more local manifestation of a citizen’s Marxist Manifesto. It does make you wonder for sure when the recent H & N Blue Zone article spewed this: “A community effort …these measures may look like someone coming into town and arbitrarily telling people what they can and can’t do. But he said there comes a time when a community needs to consider how an individual’s decisions impact the entire group… Sometimes, as a society, we have to ask and answer some very hard questions about what is best for all of us…Similarly, he continued, when it comes to health, sometimes we’re going to have to make difficult choices and make individual sacrifices in favor of benefiting a larger population.” It sounds like they would also like to eventually make some UN similar choices for us: choices for our improved healthy happy alternative communal sustainable future. In the end it is all about others answering questions and making choices for us – for the greater good of the greater number of course!

    Sky Lakes Medical Center (for the greater good) is NOW telling us that it is not making Blue Zones like choices for us, yet visitors can no longer buy sugared anything on the hospital premises. It is so nice that we have so many caring people running around close to where we live making “good choices” for we dummies! We dummies who don’t know good from bad, right from wrong, evil from good and on and on. A few more Soviet style consensus councils and we just may be on our way to heaven on earth, and peace and unity without God. Until things literally and predictably go to Hell.

    So, it should go without saying that there is as usual just a whole lot at stake in the upcoming elections. Especially when one considers that no truly conservative politician could ever have anything to do with the Marxist inspired, anti-republic KBRA etc., Blue Zones or the whole mess of tax and spend Citizens for Great Sounding but Eventually Self-Destructive Stuff. At their core one must fully consider the probability that whether by naivety, greed, misdirection, foolishness or malice they share the some of the political leanings as found in the bulk of our nation’s enemies past and present. It is all a receipt for disaster.

    As we discover through inquiry and questions what the candidates are all about and where their roots are fastened, we will then have a good idea of where they are coming from and where they are trying to go, or take us. In the end don’t vote for anyone who will try to get you to agree to sacrifice what you can’t afford to lose to someone who hasn’t earned it, then take you somewhere you don’t want your family, your friends, yourself, community, city, county, state or country, or world to go, let alone become!

    Oh yes, where did that $48,000,000 is misappropriated BOR funds end up? Here’s to a certain sort of upcoming indictment.

    Finnious T. Fogbottom

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    Just saying..

    Senator Murray wants all the people off of the Olympic Peninsula

    WELL, IF I WANTED SENATOR MURRAY OUT OF THE U.S. WILDING WILDERNESS BUSINESS, WHAT WOULD I DO?

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    Federally speaking

    EMAIL MY COMMENT TO: LISA MURKOWSKI
     CHAIRMAN OF SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE OFFICE AND SENATE APPROPRIATIONS


  • NPS Director Testifies on ONP Access

    March 20, 2016 PDN Reports

    Olympic Hot Springs Road temporary bridge in works; no time set yet to begin construction

    03.16.2016 – The House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee holds a hearing to review the FY 2017 budget request for the National Park Service. NPS Director Jon Jarvis testifies.

    Kilmer represents the 6th Congressional District, which covers the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas and most of Tacoma.

    U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, questioned Jarvis about the status of the road in a House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee hearing on the National Park Service budget Wednesday.

    You can view it here.

     

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    How bad is it? February 16. 2016

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    Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
    Olympic National Park chief electrician Robert Perina crosses a temporary plank bridge over a side channel of the Elwha River as electrician apprentice Kevan Keegan looks on near the Elwha Campground in Olympic National Park, southwest of Port Angeles on Tuesday.

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    March 2o, 2016

    Olympic Hot Springs Road temporary bridge in works; no time set yet to begin construction

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    Rob Ollikainen/Peninsula Daily News
    This section of Olympic Hot Springs Road washed out in a November flood. National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis told U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer that a one-lane bridge would be installed over the washout area in six to eight weeks.

    PORT ANGELES — Funding has been requested and plans are under review for a temporary one-lane bridge over a 60-foot washout near the Elwha Campground on Olympic Hot Springs Road.

    Once plans are approved by such agencies as the Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Fish and Wildlife, construction would take from six to eight weeks, said Barb Maynes, Olympic National Park spokeswoman.

    She didn’t know when plans would be approved or when construction would begin.

    The washout has blocked access to the Elwha River Valley west of Port Angeles since November. Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls trailhead, about a mile north of the washout itself.

    Temporary bridge

    The temporary bridge would be in place for as long as five years before a more permanent structure is built.

    The Elwha Campground, which was severely damaged in fall and winter floods, isn’t expected to be reopened this year, Maynes said.

    The National Park Service has requested emergency funds from the Federal Highway Administration to install a temporary bridge over the washout, National Park Service Director John Jarvis said last week.

    U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, questioned Jarvis about the status of the road in a House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee hearing on the National Park Service budget Wednesday.

    “We’ve got a lot of private landowners and park users and research scientists and park service staff who are very heavily impacted by the loss of this single access point,” Kilmer said.

    “So I was hoping you could just discuss what the service is doing to expedite repairs to the road and ensure that access is restored as quickly as possible.”

    Said Jarvis: “We expect that to take about six weeks, six to eight weeks, to get that installed.

    “And that will serve — not great — but it will serve access to the landowners that are up that road and our own administrative access. We’ve got park housing, we have a maintenance facility up there and the public access as well.”

    Kilmer represents the 6th Congressional District, which covers the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas and most of Tacoma.

    Maynes confirmed that a FEW  private landowners have land past the park entrance.

    Kilmer said. “We’ve got a LOT OF  private landowners and park users and research scientists and park service staff who are very heavily impacted by the loss of this single access point” “So I was hoping you could just discuss what the service is doing to expedite repairs to the road and ensure that access is restored as quickly as possible.”
    National Park Service Director John Jarvis said
    “And that will serve — not great — but it will serve access TO THE LANDOWNERS that are up that road and our own administrative access. We’ve got park housing, we have a maintenance facility up there and the public access as well.”
    “These visits do more than provide inspirational, educational and recreational opportunities; in 2014, they drove over $30 billion in economic impact, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities around the country,” he said.
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    Indeed, there is always the “Rest of the Story”
    Achieving accountability from the U.S. Government?
    Referring to the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, a project that began in 2011.

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

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

    Jun 28, 2011 – Olympic National Park mea culpa: ‘Inholder’ blocked from family property. Previous Photo. Next Photo …. From the PDN: See more special …

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    Pearl Rains Hewett stands at a blockade on Olympic Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park on Monday. — Photo by Chris Tucker/Peninsula Daily News June 28. 2011

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    And, “The Rest of the Rest of the Story”

    Requesting Help from the my U.S. elected representatives?

    U.S. Rep Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, represents the 6th Congressional District, which covers the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas and most of Tacoma.

    Behind My Back | Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/01/…/go-find-your-park-comefixmyro

    Jan 28, 2016 – DEC 12, 2015 COME FIX MY ROAD REQUEST TO MY WA DC ELECTED … the full text of this 1430 word comment is on behindmyback.org.

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    On Feb 19, 2016  Rep. Kilmer held a Clallam County Town Hall in Sequim WA.

    I gave a print out of my Feb 18, 2016 posting to Judith Morris.

    Behind My Back | PDN What’s Wrong With These Pictures?

    www.behindmyback.org/…/pdn-feb-17-2016-whats-wrong-with-these-pi…

    Feb 18, 2016 – “Bridging water troubles” on the Olympic Hot Springs Road. … JAN 19, 2016 STILL, NO RESPONSE TO COME FIX MY ROAD FROM OLYMPIC …

    I sat down to wait for the meeting to start. I showed people the two pictures on the front page of the PDN, with the people around me. I had an real issue with Rep. Kilmer priorities, ignoring the emergency road repair for Olympic National Park tourism and instead promoting an art thing at Fort Warden?

    After a few minutes Judith called me into a side room. Rep. Kilmer and I had a 15 minute conversation on my economic concerns for our community  and his failure to prioritize  and act on the emergency flooding disaster.

    Feb 19, 2016  I did remind Rep. Kilmer, of what an  economic driver tourism is to our community.

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    Back to the PDN  news report…
    Olympic Hot Springs Road temporary bridge in works; no time set yet to begin construction
    March 2o, 2016 Kilmer said….“I’m often reminded of just what an economic driver it is, not just in terms of hotel stays and restaurants and things like that,
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    $424,000 request
    The park service requested $424,000 for the project, Maynes said.The temporary bridge would be expected to be in use for about five years, she said.“During those five years, we will pursue plans and funding for a longer-term fix,” she said Saturday.Since the road is in an active floodplain, “a longer-term solution will take much larger effort,” she added.

    With a five-year funding bill in place, the National Park Service will work with the highway administration to complete “a major reconstruction on that site,” Jarvis said.

    But he also said that would take years.

    “We’ll be living with that temporary fix for three to five years,” Jarvis said.

    Washed out

    The road washed out when a dry Elwha River side channel was reactivated in a Nov. 17 flood.

    A second flood that occurred Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 caused additional damage to the road and nearby Elwha Campground.

    The damage to the Elwha Campground was extreme, Maynes said.

    “Some picnic tables were moved by the force of the water. Some are buried in silt. It’s unlikely that we will be able to get that open this year,” she said.

    Altair Campground was also damaged in the Nov. 17 flood. It had been closed because of damage done in a December 2014 storm.

    “Our neck of the woods has had a really tough winter,” said Kilmer, a Port Angeles native.

    Pedestrian bridge

    A pedestrian bridge over the side channel has been replaced by a small wooden bridge that can support emergency vehicles.

    Seedlings have been planted along the banks of the surviving road sections to prevent further erosion.

    “I know you’ve been getting a lot of rain up there,” Jarvis told Kilmer.

    “At least we’re getting some snowpack, both in the Cascades, the Olympics and the Sierras this year, which is a good thing.

    “The good thing on the Elwha is that it’s helped flush out all that sediment that was backed up on the rivers,” added Jarvis, referring to the removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, a project that began in 2011.

    Kilmer described Olympic National Park as an “extraordinary asset that draws a whole bunch of people to our region.

    “I’m often reminded of just what an economic driver it is, not just in terms of hotel stays and restaurants and things like that, but my grandfather helped pave the road up Hurricane Ridge, so it’s been an extraordinary asset,” Kilmer said.

    The National Park Service system has 410 sites, including 58 national parks.

    The service has recently restored seasonal ranger hiring to peak levels, coordinated more than 400,000 volunteers, completed deferred maintenance projects and expanded partnership through a centennial program, Jarvis said.

    “All of these actions will help sustain our parks for another 100 years,” he told the committee.

    The National Park Service drew a record 307 million visitors in 2015 nationwide, Jarvis said.

    “These visits do more than provide inspirational, educational and recreational opportunities; in 2014, they drove over $30 billion in economic impact, supporting hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities around the country,” he said.

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    Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at rollikainen@peninsuladailynews.com.

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    Where there’s a will, there’s a Clallam County Commissioner named Bill Peach.

    Behind My Back | Find Your Park Open Doors Remove …

    www.behindmyback.org/…/go-find-your-park-open-doors-remove-barri…

    Feb 10, 2016 – Bill asked if the Olympic Hot Springs Road would be open by the 4th of …. On December 4, 2015, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation …


  • Obama’s 1.8 Million Acre Public Land Grab

    Obama’s 1.8 Million Acre Public Land Grab

    IN MAR 3, 2015 – NEARLY HALF OF THE WEST WAS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    Obama’s new 2016 MONUMENTAL, monuments LAND grab will almost double the amount of land Obama has already Grabbed from “We the People” of the United States of America
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    Divided Lands: State vs. Federal Management in the West …

    www.perc.org/articles/divided-lands-state-vs-federal-management-west
    MAR 3, 2015 – NEARLY HALF OF THE WEST IS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. In this … to replace the failing public land system, this study is required reading.”.

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    GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT OR MISMANAGEMENT?

    U.S. Code: Title 43 – PUBLIC LANDS | US Law | LII / Legal

    www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/43
    Legal Information Institute

    U.S. Code: Title 43PUBLIC LANDS … LAND MANAGEMENT (§§ 1 to 25) · CHAPTER 2 – UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY (§§ 31 to 50d) · CHAPTER …
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    This brings the total land and WATER Obama has unilaterally Grabbed UNDER THE ANTIQUITIES ACT to about 265 million acres, far more than any previous president.

    After Obama had already grabbed 1,142,036 acres of public land? And provided recreational opportunities as defined under Wild Olympics, Wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers?

    Republicans slam Obama’s latest ‘land grab’ – Washington …

    www.washingtontimes.com/…/obama-designates-…
    The Washington Times

    Jul 10, 2015 – Obama’s designation of monuments just anotherland grab,’ … than 1 million acres in California, Texas, and Nevada, designating the land as …

    THE DESIGNATIONS FREQUENTLY ANGER CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS, WHO SAY HE IS ABUSING HIS POWER AND SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO ACT WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF CONGRESS AND STATE LEGISLATURES.

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    THESE WILD DESIGNATIONS FREQUENTLY PROVOKE AMERICAN CITIZENS.

    The Wild Olympics Scam

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/

    www.wildolympicsscam.com/
    stop the wild olympics, agenda 21, land grabs; will devastate rural communities.
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    A MILLION HERE… A MILLION THERE …

    Obama grabs another million acres of land for ‘monuments’

    www.americanthinker.com/…/obama_grabs_another_…
    American Thinker
    Jul 11, 2015 – Obama grabs another million acres of land for ‘monuments’ … More than 330,000 acres have also been set aside for a monument at Berryessa …
    RECREATION OR OTHER TYPES OF LAND-USE ACTIVITIES SHOULD HAVE AS MUCH LOCAL INPUT …

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    REALLY BIG WORLD THINGS THAT PROVOKE AMERICAN CITIZENS

    WOW… Feb. 2016 OBAMA’S almost infamous (well known for some bad quality or deed). for the world’s second largest Public land grab, since Public land grabbing by the government started.

    With 3 new monuments, Obama creates world’s second …

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/…/with-3new-…

    The Washington Post

    3 days ago – President Obama declared three national monuments in Southern California on Friday, creating the world’s second-largest desert preserve and …

    united-states.world-news.online/…/with-3-new-monuments-obama-create…
    3 days ago – Celebrating the California Desert National Monument. The year 2015 was full of … The Latest: Obama move protects 1.8m acres of Calif. desert … NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Obama sets aside sweeping Calif. desert lands.

    Our Public Land Heritage: From the GLO to the BLM

    www.blm.gov/…/public…/history/…/Our_P…
    Bureau of Land Management
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    1785 – Land Ordinance allows settlement of public domain lands and …. Act preserves and protects prehistoric, HISTORIC, AND SCIENTIFICALLY SIGNIFICANT SITES ON PUBLIC …. RESOURCES PROTECTION ACT REQUIRES PERMITS FOR EXCAVATION OR REMOVAL OF THESE.

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    Biggest WORLD GRABS that provoke American citizens

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

    HISTORIC PLACES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK SCIENTIFICALLY SIGNIFICANT SITES

    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

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    Our Public Land Heritage: From the GLO to the BLM

    The document is only 27 pages of how the federal government turned
    The GLOW of the Act Establishing Yellowstone National Park (1872) – Our ..

    AS A PUBLIC PARK OR PLEASURING GROUND FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE. INTO A OBAMA’S PERSONAL AGENDA. grabbing of our public land for conservation and protection under federal lands.
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    Little things that provoke the AMERICAN CITIZENS

    Did You Know? You cannot fish from “FISHING BRIDGE” in Yellowstone park?

    The Fishing Bridge was historically a tremendously popular place to fish.

    Until 1973 this was a very popular fishing location since the bridge crossed the Yellowstone River above a cutthroat trout spawning area.
    IT IS NOW A POPULAR PLACE TO OBSERVE FISH.

    Frequently Asked Questions: Fishing Bridge and Lake Village

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    Our Public Land Heritage: From the GLO to the BLM

    FROM GLOW TO GLO THE DOCUMENTED HISTORY BLOW BY BLOW
    From the purpose and intent of Historic Acts of the U.S. congress to…
    OBAMA’S ABUSE OF EXECUTIVE ORDERS etal.
    ACTING WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF CONGRESS AND STATE LEGISLATURES.
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    1872- Establishment of Yellowstone National Park A PUBLIC PARK OR PLEASURING GROUND FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE PEOPLE.
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    1889 – THE ENABLING ACT (not mentioned in this history lesson)

    Behind My Back | The ENABLING ACT February 22, 1889

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/03/…/the-enabling-act-february-22-1889/
    Mar 9, 2014 – Way back then, the Federal Government and the elected representative gave to and enabled American citizens, they made donations of public …
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    1906 – Antiquities Act preserves and protects prehistoric, historic, and scientifically significant sites on public lands and creates national monuments.

    1911 – Weeks Act permits the federal purchase of private land to protect the headwaters of rivers and watersheds and calls for cooperative fire protection efforts.

    1916 -Stock Raising Homestead Act authorizes homesteads of 640 acres and separates surface rights from subsurface (mineral) rights.

    1926 -Recreation and Public Purposes Act allows conveyance or lease of public lands to state and local governments for outdoor recreation purposes

    Recreation and Public Purposes Act

    Outdoor Recreation Legislation
    https://workforce.calu.edu/confer/…/OutdoorRecreationLegislationI.htm
    Recreation and Public Purposes Act of 1926 … purposes. 21. Watershed-Protection and Flood Prevention Act of 1954 http://laws.fws.gov/lawsdigest/watrshd.html.

    1934 -Taylor Grazing Act authorizes grazing districts, grazing regulation, and public rangeland improvements in western states (excluding Alaska) and establishes the Division of Grazing (later renamed the U.S. Grazing Service) within the Department of the Interior

    Taylor Grazing Act of 1934 – Bureau of Land Management

    1937 -Oregon and California (O&C) Revested Lands Sustained Yield Management Act requires O&C Railroad lands to be managed for permanent forest production and provides for watershed protection,
    regulation of streamflow, and recreational facilities.

    1942-Extensive withdrawals of public lands for military and defense use begin, with more than 13 million acres withdrawn in 2 years.

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    1946-Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is established within the Department of the Interior through the consolidation of the General Land Office and the U.S. Grazing Service.

    BLM – The Bureau of Land Management

    www.blm.gov/
    Bureau of Land Management

    The Bureau of Land Management administers 264 million acres of public lands, located primarily in the 12 Western States, containing natural, historical, cultural, …

    Grazing Service + General Land Office = Bureau of Land Management

    General Land Office-To handle the rapidly growing public land business,
    Congress created the GLO in 1812. The GLO handled all public land issues, including sales, patents and land entries. Surveyors were sent out with tools of the trade to record in their notebooks all mines, salt licks, salt springs, mill sites, water courses and the quality of the lands. This information helped purchasers and homesteaders make informed decisions about the lands offered.

    Grazing Service- With westward expansion came increases in livestock
    grazing and deteriorating rangelands. Between 1870 and 1900, the number
    of beef cows tripled, and the number of sheep quadrupled. The sheer
    numbers of livestock, combined with drought in the early 1930s, set the
    stage for the development of a new government agency. With the passage of the Taylor Grazing Act in 1934, Congress established the Grazing Service to manage public land grazing

    Bureau of Land Management-On July 16, 1946, the GLO and the Grazing Service merged and became the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of Interior. Eventually, the era of homesteaders and land sales passed.

    Today, the BLM manages land under the principle of “multiple use” to allow all citizens the opportunity to use and enjoy public lands.

    In addition, the BLM now has the National Landscape Conservation System-whose mission is to conserve, protect and restore nationally significant landscapes, which include many of the great American western landscapes.

    Original land surveys and settlement records, still managed by the BLM, help tell the rich history of the American West.

    1953-Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to lease mineral lands more than 3 miles offshore; the BLM assumes responsibility for leasing through competitive sales. Oil well operation

    Recreation & Public Purposes Act

    Feb 11, 2014 – Recognizing the strong public need for a nationwide system of parks and other recreational and public purposes areas, the Congress, in 1954, …

    1954-Recreation and Public Purposes Act amends the 1926 act and allows the sale and lease of public lands for other purposes in addition to recreation
    Recreation and Public Purposes Act
    www.blm.gov/…/recreation_and_public.ht…
    Bureau of Land Management

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    43 U.S. Code § 869 – Disposal of lands for public or ..

    www.law.cornell.edu › … › Chapter 20
    Legal Information Institute
    43 U.S. Code § 869 – Disposal of lands for public or recreational purposes … Lands so classified may not be appropriated under any other public land law unless the Secretary revises such … 741; June 4, 1954, ch. … section 869–2 of this title] may be cited as the ‘Recreation and Public Purposes Amendment Act of 1988’.”.

    1954-The BLM reorganizes and creates a state office system.

    1955-Multiple Surface Use Act withdraws common varieties of minerals from entry as mining claims and allows claim owners to use the surface for mining operation purposes only.

    1959- Wild Horse Protection Act prohibits the roundup of wild horses by aircraft and motor vehicles.

    1960- Public Land Administration Act allows the use of donations and cooperative agreements to improve and better manage public lands.

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    The Public Land Law Review Commission (PLLRC), 1964 …

    is established to study public land laws and make long-term recommendations for public land use.

    One third of the Nation’s land; a report to the President and …

    leg.mt.gov/…/Committees/…/one-third-of-nation.pdf
    Montana Legislature

    We submit with pride the report of the Public Land Law Review Commission with our ….. 43 U.S.C. 5§ 1391-1400 (1964) as amended, (Supp. TV,. 1969). IX …

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    1964-Wilderness Act protects undeveloped federal land to preserve its natural condition.

    1964-The BLM adopts a new logo

    1965-Land and Water Conservation Fund is established for federal acquisition of outdoor recreation areas.

    1966-National Historic Preservation Act expands protection of prehistoric and historic properties.
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    ARE YOU AS SHOCKED AS I AM? Who knew that our Elwha River and Glines Canyon Hydroelectric power plants were placed on the National Register of HISTORIC PLACES listings in Clallam County, Washington on Dec 15, 1988?
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    1968 -Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails System Acts preserve sites with outstanding natural, cultural, scenic, historic, and recreational significance

    National Wild and Scenic Rivers – Bureau of Land …

    www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/…/Rivers.html
    Bureau of Land Management

     The Act provides three levels of protection: wild, scenic, and recreational. “Wildrivers are free of dams, generally inaccessible except by trail, and … river miles and approximately 1,001,358 acres (19% of the national system).

    1968 -Wild and Scenic Rivers and National Trails System Acts preserve sites with outstanding natural, cultural, scenic, historic, and recreational significance

    National Trails System – National Park Service

    www.nps.gov/nts/
    National Park Service

    The National Trails System is… …the network of scenic, historic, and recreation trails created by the National Trails System Act of 1968. These trails provide for …

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    1968-Johnny Horizon program promotes public awareness of BLM
    administered lands

    OK, so the Poster Child for environmentalists is Johnny Horizon
    This land is your land This land is my land

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    Today is Feb.15, 2016

    LET’S START HERE… 48 YEARS LATER

    HOW MANY ACRES OF LAND IN THE USA?
    Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data – Federation of …
    2.27 billion acres of land in the United States. Dec 29, 2014
    The federal government owns roughly 640 million acres, about 28%

    AFTER 48 YEARS OF FEDERAL INDIAN GIVING

    By definition an Indian giver is an American expression to describe a person who gives a gift and later wants it back

    WHO’S LAND IS WHO’S

    HOW MANY DESIGNATED KINDS OF LANDS ARE THERE IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

    Hmmm?
    This would take several postings on my website.

    This land is your land This land is my land

    Just asking?  Just saying..

    For future reference, legal definition, legal ownership, future mitigation, legal action, when is a taking a taking by imminent domain, by restrictions and regulation, by willing seller, by coercing, threatening, bulling,  intimidation, destroying…

    when is a taking a taking? WHO’S LAND IS WHO’S

    This land is your land “YOUR PRIVATE PROPERTY” I shall not trespass on your land.
    This land is my land “MY PRIVATE PROPERTY” You shall not trespass on my land.

    This public land NPS, is your/our million acres of land, in the Olympic National Park.
    THIS INHOLDER’S LAND IS MY PRIVATE LAND INSIDE THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

    This land is your TRIBAL land…. It is special land.
    This WOTUS LAND, THE ENTIRE LAND IS WETLAND

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    IN MAR 3, 2015 – NEARLY HALF OF THE WEST WAS OWNED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

    Obama’s new 2016 MONUMENTAL, monuments LAND grab will almost double the amount of land Obama has already Grabbed from “We the People” of the United States of America
    1968- 2016 THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND THIS LAND IS MY LAND

    IN THE SHAD MY PEOPLE
    BY THE RELIEF OFFICE
    I SEEN MY PEOPLE
    AS THEY STOOD THERE HUNGRY
    I STOOD THERE ASKING
    IS THIS LAND MADE FOR YOU AND ME?

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    Elwha River Ecosystem and Fisheries Restoration Act (1992

    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.

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    2014 World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After …

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    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/20151123/…/311…
    Peninsula Daily News

    Nov 22, 2015 – About PDN … The river rose to 23.19 feet on Nov. 17 during a heavy rainstorm that produced 5.6 inches of rain on that date in the … “The washout was caused by a flooded side channel,” Maynes said Sunday. … 2015 7:08PM.

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    Behind My Back | Go Find Your Park? Come Fix My Road?

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/01/…/go-findyourparkcomefixmyro

    Jan 28, 2016 – DEC 12, 2015 COME FIX MY ROAD REQUEST TO MY WA DC ELECTED REPS …. permalink. « Go Find Your Park ONP History Camp Louella …

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    Feb 14, 2016 Elwha: Roaring back to life

    The Seattle Times2 days ago

    ROARING RESURGENCE – The Seattle Times


  • 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]