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  • 2017 SMP Update on (CMZ) and (CMHA)

    NOV 9, 2017 DURING A ONE HOUR CONVERSATION WITH CLALLAM COUNTY DCD DIRECTOR MARY ELLEN WINBORN…

    MARY ELLEN WINBORN INFORMED ME THAT THE CHANNEL MIGRATION ZONE (CMZ) AND CHANNEL MEANDER HAZARD AREA (CMHA) (BLACK LINES AND PURPLE)  SMP UPDATE RESTRICTED USE ON 20 ACRES OF OUR 40 ACRES OF PRIVATE SOL DUC RIVER SHORELINE PROPERTY, ARE  FOR OUR OWN PROTECTION…..

    YEP, MARY ELLEN INFORMED  ME, THE 2017 SMP UPDATE, THE (CMZ) and (CMHA) ON THE RAINS SR. TRUST LAND ON OUR SOL DUC RIVER  PROPERTY ARE  FOR OUR OWN PROTECTION, ON OUR OWN PRIVATE PROPERTY, THAT HAD BEEN IN OUR FAMILY FOR OVER 60 YEARS…

    NANNY… NANNY… NANNY…

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    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP ASKED…..

    HOW’S THE SYSTEM WORKING OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

    OUR FAMILY, SURE AS HELL, DOESN’T NEED A CLALLAM COUNTY DCD NANNY TO PROTECT US FROM ANYTHING ON OUR OWN PRIVATE PROPERTY. PERIOD

    IT IS ONE THING, FOR FEDERAL, STATE AND CLALLAM COUNTY 2017 UPDATE, TO RESTRICT,  TO PROVIDE NNL OF ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION BY HUMAN CONTAMINATION,

    AND RESTRICT THE PUBLIC USE OF PUBLIC LAND, FOR THE PROTECTION OF LIFE…..  

    Behind My Back | For the Protection of Whose Life?

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/01/30/for-the-protection-of-wildlife-and…

    FOR THE PROTECTION OF WILDLIFE AND RESTRICTION OF PUBLIC USE To protect the EPA Clean water Act, DOE shorelines of Statewide significance, to restore pristine …

    For the Protection of Whose Life?

    Posted on January 30, 2013 2:11 am by Pearl Rains Hewett

    FOR THE PROTECTION OF WILDLIFE AND RESTRICTION OF PUBLIC USE
    To protect the EPA Clean water Act,  DOE shorelines of Statewide significance,  to restore pristine conditions on our beaches, PROVIDE NNL OF ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION BY HUMAN CONTAMINATION, AND RESTRICT THE PUBLIC USE OF PUBLIC LAND,
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    EVERYTHING STARTS SOME WHERE

    FIND THE LAW- FOLLOW THE LAW

    RCW 86.12.200: Comprehensive flood control management plan …

    https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=86.12.200

    (2) Establishment of a comprehensive scheme of flood control protection and improvements for the areas that are subject to such periodic flooding, that includes: (a) Determining the need for, and desirable location of, flood control improvements to protect or preclude flood damage to structures, works, and improvements, …

    (3) IT IS THE INTENT OF THE LEGISLATURE TO DEVELOP A COORDINATED AND COMPREHENSIVE STATE POLICY TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS OF FLOODING AND THE MINIMIZATION OF FLOOD DAMAGE.” [ 1991 c 322 § 1.]

    Purpose1991 c 322: “The purpose of sections 3 through 13 of this act is to permit counties in cooperation

    1991 The terms Channel Migration Zone (CMZ) and Channel Meander Hazard Area (CMHA) are described in the glossary. As used in this document, these terms are synonymous.

     CMHA IS USED WHERE IT IS SPECIFICALLY REFERRING TO THE PROVISIONS OR APPLICABLE STANDARDS OF THE CLALLAM COUNTY CRITICAL AREAS CODE (CCC 27.12.410)

    The Dungeness River and associated floodplains are governed by numerous federal, state, and local regulations.

    1991 THE CLALLAM COUNTY CRITICAL AREAS CODE AND SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM are directly relevant to flood hazard reduction on the Dungeness.

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    MAJOR STUDIES RELEVANT TO DUNGENESS FLOOD HAZARD MANAGEMENT SINCE 2001:

     Recommended Land Protection Strategies for the Dungeness River Riparian Area (Hals/ DRRWG, 2003): THE “GREEN BOOK” (ALSO KNOWN AS THE LAND PROTECTION STRATEGY) is a detailed analysis of every parcel in the lower 11 miles of the river describing fish use, habitat value, bank stability, current land use, development potential and restoration needs. Further, with the long term objective of optimizing salmonid habitat, the DRRWG prescribed and PRIORITIZED RECOMMENDED ACTIONS TO PURCHASE PROPERTY or conservation easements, and highlighted parcels where technical assistance could benefit landowner stewardship.

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    WHO KNEW? DID YOU FEEL THEM BREATHING DOWN YOUR NECK?

    WHILE THEY WERE DOING a detailed analysis of every parcel in the lower 11 miles of the Dungeness River describing fish use, habitat value, bank stability, current land use, development potential and restoration needs.

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    PDF]Dungeness River Comprehensive Flood Hazard … – Clallam County

    www.clallam.net/environment/assets/…/DRCFHMP-FINAL-LOWRES_5-2010.pdf

    Dungeness River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan. Clallam County, WA. Report available from: Hannah Merrill, Project Manager. Clallam County Department of Community Development. 223 East Fourth Street; Port Angeles, WA 98382. Report prepared by: Ann Seiter Technical Writing and Editing; Sequim …

    THIS PLAN IS AN ADVISORY DOCUMENT PREPARED PURSUANT TO RCW 86.12.200. Implementation of the  Dungeness Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan is subject to adequate staffing, funding, and partnerships with cooperating organizations. Implementation is further guided by other regulatory programs,

    such as the Clallam County Critical Areas Code and SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM.

    UPDATES AND AMENDMENTS TO THESE REGULATORY PROGRAMS, AS RECOMMENDED HEREIN, ARE SUBJECT TO STATE GUIDELINES AND REQUIREMENTS, AND ANY REGULATORY CHANGES TO BE ADOPTED BY CLALLAM COUNTY WILL FOLLOW PUBLIC NOTIFICATION AND HEARING PROCEDURES PRIOR TO ADOPTION

    The terms Channel Migration Zone (CMZ) and Channel Meander Hazard Area (CMHA) are described in the glossary. As used in this document, these terms are synonymous. CMHA is used where it is specifically referring to the provisions or applicable standards of the Clallam County Critical Areas Code (CCC 27.12.410)

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    ODDLY ENOUGH IN CLALLAM COUNTY 2009 THERE WAS NO ELWHA OR SOL DUC RIVER COMPREHENSIVE FLOOD HAZARD MANAGEMENT PLAN  OR ADVISORY DOCUMENT PREPARED BY CLALLAM COUNTY PURSUANT TO RCW 86.12.200.

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     (But in 2009 not directly relevant to flood hazard reduction on the Elwha and Sol Duc Rivers?)

    [PDF]Hazard Mitigation Plan FINAL 2010 – Clallam County

    www.clallam.net/…/documents/ClallamHazardMitigationFINAL10252010.pdf

    SEP 9, 2009ROADS ENGINEER, WSDOT, Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), public input, interview with Forks’ Timber Museum, newspaper articles, and review of (a) the 2004 Clallam County. HIVA, (b) Dungeness River Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan 2009, (c) City of Forks.

    1. STEERING COMMITTEE

    Penelope Linterman, Program Coordinator for the

    Emergency Management Division, was the main contact for Clallam County. A Steering Committee was formed at the beginning of the process in July 2009 and the members and their respective affiliations are listed below.

    IN JULY 2009

    Emergency Management Division, was the main contact for Clallam County.

    THE WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (WSDOT) COOPERATED BY PROVIDING INFORMATION ON BRIDGES, HIGHWAYS AND THEIR MAINTENANCE PLANS.

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    Clallam County Hazard Mitigation Plan ^Arrow to Top^

    The Clallam County Hazard Mitigation Plan was adopted by the Board of Commissioners on December 7, 2010.

    Click to view/print the final version.

    Hazard Mitigation Plan FINAL 2010 (2.0 MB PDF)

    UNFORTUNATELY IN 2009 CLALLAM COUNTY DID NOT HAVE AN ELWHA OR SOL DUC RIVER COMPREHENSIVE FLOOD HAZARD MANAGEMENT PLAN OR ADVISORY DOCUMENT PREPARED BY CLALLAM COUNTY PURSUANT TO RCW 86.12.200.

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    CLALLAM COUNTY HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN

    PAGE  68 AUGUST 2010

     PROJECT #2 – 2010

    INVENTORY OF DIKES, LEVEES, AND FLOOD PROTECTION STRUCTURES ON CLALLAM COUNTY RIVERS TO ASSESS WHAT LEVEL OF PROTECTION IS INTENDED, WHAT LEVEL OF PROTECTIONS IS ACTUALLY PROVIDED, AND WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR LONG-TERM MAINTENANCE.

    PRIORITY RATING: 

    HIGH. DEVELOPMENT AND BUILDING DECISIONS ARE, IN SOME CASES, BEING

    MADE WITHOUT AN ADEQUATE BASIS OF INFORMATION REGARDING FLOOD HAZARD,

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    Like AFTER THE DAM REMOVALS The increased water flow resulting from two dams being removed from the river have caused much material to wash downstream. Since 2012, the riverbed at the bridge has lowered 14 feet.

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    ??? DUE TO THE FACT THAT TOO LITTLE IS KNOWN ABOUT FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURES THAT ARE ASSUMED TO BE PROVIDING PROTECTION.

    RESPONSIBILITY:

    DCD, PUBLIC WORKS, USACE, WDFW, AND WSDOT.

    TIMING:

    2 – 4 YEARS.

    POTENTIAL FUNDING:

    GRANTS

    HAZARD MITIGATED:

    FLOODING. (BM)

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    2010- 2017 CLALLAM COUNTY RESPONSIBILITY:

    DCD DIRECTOR MARY ELLEN WINBORN…

     PUBLIC WORKS,

    WA STATE  RESPONSIBILITY WA State Dept of Fish and Wildlife  (WDFW), AND  WA State Dept of Transportation (WSDOT).

    FEDERAL RESPONSIBILITY US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE),

    AND IN JULY 2009 REPRESENTING AND STEERING CLALLAM COUNTY?  CATHY LEAR,  SALMON RECOVERY PLANNER

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    (2) COUNTY LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE AND COORDINATE ALL THE REGULATORY, PLANNING, AND FINANCING MECHANISMS AVAILABLE TO THOSE COMPREHENSIVE MANNER.

    (3) It is the intent of the legislature to develop a coordinated and comprehensive state policy to address the problems of flooding and the minimization of flood damage.” [ 1991 c 322 § 1.]

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    RCW 86.12.200 Flood Control 1991

     FindingsIntent1991 c 322: “(1) THE LEGISLATURE FINDS THAT:

    (a) FLOODS POSE THREATS TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY

    INCLUDING LOSS OR ENDANGERMENT TO HUMAN LIFE;

    DAMAGE TO HOMES;

    DAMAGE TO PUBLIC ROADS,

     HIGHWAYS,

     BRIDGES,

     AND UTILITIES;

     INTERRUPTION OF TRAVEL,

     COMMUNICATION,

    AND COMMERCE;

    DAMAGE TO PRIVATE AND PUBLIC PROPERTY;

    degradation of water quality; damage to fisheries, fish hatcheries, and fish habitat; harm to livestock; destruction or degradation of environmentally sensitive areas; EROSION OF SOIL, STREAM BANKS, AND BEDS; AND HARMFUL ACCUMULATION OF SOIL AND DEBRIS IN THE BEDS OF STREAMS OR OTHER BODIES OF WATER

    AND ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDS;

    (2) COUNTY LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO USE AND COORDINATE ALL THE REGULATORY, PLANNING, AND FINANCING MECHANISMS AVAILABLE TO THOSE COMPREHENSIVE MANNER.

    (3) It is the intent of the legislature to develop a coordinated and comprehensive state policy to address the problems of flooding and the minimization of flood damage.” [ 1991 c 322 § 1.]

    INDEED, THE Purpose1991 c 322: “The purpose of sections 3 through 13 of this act is to permit counties in cooperation

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    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD ASK…..

    HOW’S THE SYSTEM WORKING OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

    RCW 86.12.200 Flood Control 2017

    Behind My Back | Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

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

    Jan 11, 2017 – US 101 Elwha River Bridge. A logging truck makes its way across the U.S. 101 bridge over the Elwha River last week. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News) DEC 30, 2016. —————————————————————————-. What’s wrong with these pictures?

    Behind My Back | WSDOT is Planning the New Elwha Bridge

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/03/15/wsdot-is-planning-the-new-elwha-bridge/

    Behind My Back | Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge. www.behindmyback.org/2017/01/…/battered-by-damremoval-elwha-bridge-destroye… Jan 11, 2017 – Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE MARCH 11, 2016 Andy Ritchie, project …

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    US 101 – Elwha River Bridge – Bridge Replacement

    Select image to view larger map.

    Status

    December 2017

    • The US 101 Elwha River Bridge is open to traffic with no restrictions.
    • Toll Free Information Hotline: 1-888-633-4005.
    • This project is currently in the design stage.

    Why is WSDOT focusing on the US 101 Elwha River Bridge?

    Built in 1926, the 3-span, 388-foot concrete arch bridge has served the community over 90 years. Over the last couple of years, the Elwha River has dramatically changed its course and flow, leading to significant erosion around the bridge foundations.

    Preventive measures

    WSDOT is monitoring the bridge closely using a variety of tools. Motorists can assume that if the bridge is open to traffic, it is safe to use. If the condition of the bridge begins to change, WSDOT could implement restrictions ranging from weight restrictions or lowered speed limits, to single-lane closures, to a total bridge closure.

    The increased water flow resulting from two dams being removed from the river have caused much material to wash downstream. Since 2012, the riverbed at the bridge has lowered 14 feet.

    The lowered riverbed revealed the piers’ seals, promoting WSDOT to do borings to verify the depth of the foundations. The borings, done in October 2016, revealed that the foundations are on gravel, not bedrock. This finding was in contrast to what the original 1926 engineering plans showed. As a result, WSDOT immediately installed over 3,300 tons of riprap (large boulders) around both piers to help prevent further erosion. Additional monitoring using tilt meters, crack meters, water flow meters, surveys and visual observations are also taking place.

    The End Result

    WSDOT is exploring several options to keep traffic moving around the Olympic Peninsula. These options can be viewed on the project library. A reliable US 101 crossing over the Elwha River is vital to the well-being of the communities on the Olympic Peninsula. To that end, we have removed Alternatives 1, 2 and 3 (options that did not include a bridge) from further consideration because they do not meet that need. Additionally, we have removed Alternative 4 (retrofitting the existing bridge) as a long-term solution due to the 90-year-old age of the structure.

    We are currently pursuing Alternative 7. We do not have a firm timeline for a construction, but we are moving forward aggressively.

    We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT. You can also view alternatives suggested by members of the public on the Public Route Suggestions web page.

    Project Benefits
    The US 101 Elwha River Bridge is vital to the well-being of the communities on the Olympic Peninsula. Replacing the bridge will ensure that the US 101 route continues to be an option for decades to come.

    What is the project timeline?

    Financial Information

    Financial Data for PIN 310135F

    Funding Source

    Amount ($ in thousands)

    2003 Gas Tax (Nickel Funding)

    $0

    2005 Gas Tax (TPA)

    $0

    Pre-Existing Funds (PEF)

    $29,281

    CWA

    $252

    Total

    $29,533

    Project signage will reflect the cost of construction engineering, project bid award and sales tax.

    How can I get more information?
    Contact:

    Claudia Bingham Baker
    Communications Manager
    WSDOT Olympic Region
    360-357-2789

    Toll Free Information Hotline

    Information about bridge status is available by calling 1-888-633-4005. Please note this number does not accept messages.

    Email Updates

    Sign up for US 101 Elwha River Bridge alerts via email by doing the following:

    1. Sign up for email updates
    2. After entering your email information, scroll down until you find “Construction Reports – Road Closure Information and Project Updates.”
    3. Select “US 101 Elwha River Bridge”
    4. Enter “Submit”

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    AS PRESIDENT TRUMP WOULD ASK…..

    HOW’S THE SYSTEM WORKING OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY?

    June 28. 2011

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

    Click here to zoom...

    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

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    HOW ARE THINGS WORKING OUT FOR ONP INHOLDERS THAT HOLD OUT?

    December 5, 2017

     

    Vaughan Lester of Port Angeles picks his way through the rubble of Olympic Hot Springs Road at the site of a washout in the Elwha River Valley of Olympic National Park on Thursday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)Vaughan Lester of Port Angeles picks his way through the rubble of Olympic Hot Springs Road at the site of a washout in the Elwha River Valley of Olympic National Park on Thursday. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

    Olympic Hot Springs Road wrestles with Elwha River

    Elwha River takes out Olympic Hot Springs road — yet again | The …

    https://www.seattletimes.com/…/elwha-river-takes-out-olympic-hot-springs-road-yet-agai…

    4 days ago – New flood damage has closed the road not long after the National Park Service spent $450000 on a temporary fix to reopen it after the last flood.

     


  • Update: Interest in the Elwha Project Lands

    OCT 27, 2017  Future interest by the WA State in Elwha Project Lands?

    AUG 10, 2012 PAST INTEREST IN ELWHA PROJECT LANDS

     1992 THE ELWHA ACT, PASSED BY CONGRESS

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

    AFTER THE BIG DAM REMOVAL.. THE FEDS ELECTED, BUREAUCRATS AND THE TRIBES RAN INTO A LEGAL CONUNDRUM.

    AUG 10, 2012 THE AGENCY THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WAS AWARE THE TRIBE WANTS THE SO-CALLED PROJECT LANDS

    THE CONUNDRUM WAS SPECIFICALLY, WHO WERE THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS IN CLALLAM COUNTRY WA  LEGALLY, SET ASIDE FOR BY CONGRESS IN THE 1992 ELWHA ACT?

    WHY SHOULD  OUR FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES BE BOTHERED WITH  LEGISLATIVE ACTION BY RULE OF LAW?

    WHEN THE LEGAL ISSUES ON THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS COULD BE RESOLVED BY BUREAUCRATIC RULE BY RED TAPE?

    THERE WERE SEVERAL UNDISCLOSED LEGAL ISSUES WHEN THE ELECTED FEDS, NPS BUREAUCRATS AND THE TRIBES, WANTED TO JUST RUN IN AND GRAB THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS PUBLIC LAND……

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     SO, THE SOLUTION  TO THE LEGAL CONUNDRUM ON AUG 10, 2012 WAS THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE (BUREAUCRATS) INTENDS TO LAUNCH A PUBLIC (DUE) PROCESS TO DECIDE THE LONG-TERM DISPOSITION OF THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS

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    OCT 27, 2017  SO?  WDFW (BUREAUCRATS) released its findings (so far) to the Fish Commission  (BUREAUCRATS) SO WE ARE WAITING FOR WA STATE TO CONSIDER THE LONG-TERM DISPOSITION OF THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS

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    THE WAITING GAME INDEED,  WAITING FOR THE  LONG-TERM DISPOSITION OF THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS

    THE ELWHA RIVER ACT 1992, 2011 SMP, 2012 NPS, 2013 DOE SMP,  2017 WDFW AND THE FISH COMMISSON.

    NO WORRIES…. The Waiting Game is a common practice of government and bureaucrats, just wait until citizens give up or forget….

    INDEED, THE  LONG WAITING  FOR THE BUREAUCRATS TO RULE OCT 27, 2017  .

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    AUG 10, 2012 THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE INTENDS TO LAUNCH A PUBLIC PROCESS TO DECIDE THE LONG-TERM DISPOSITION OF THE LAND,

    BUT AT THE MOMENT HAS NO FUNDING TO PAY FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OR ENVIRONMENTAL-IMPACT STATEMENT,

    NOTED  BY TODD SUESS, AUGUST 10, 2012 ACTING SUPERINTENDENT FOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK.

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

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    We citizens should be used to it “The Waiting Game”  is common practice for the tired, overwhelmed Citizens of Clallam County  

    WELL, I GUESS WE WILL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS….TO  THE WA STATE  ELWHA PROJECT LANDS DURING THIS PUBLIC PROCESS BY BUREAUCRATS

    TO DECIDE THE LONG-TERM DISPOSITION OF THE CLALLAM COUNTY WA PUBLIC LAND BY WA STATE BUREAUCRATS

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    BUT NOT ON MY WATCH  SEPT 30, 2013

    Behind My Back | The NPS Waiting Game

    www.behindmyback.org/2013/09/30/the-nps-waiting-game/

    A common practice of government waiting…… waiting until NPS willful neglect allows, nature to ravage the roads, the trail, the access, NPS WAITING FOR the .. the snow to collapse the resorts, lodges, cabins, NPS just WAITING… until  those with living memory of a place die off, just WAITING… wait until the people cool off or wait until people forget, out of sight out of mind….

    My SMP Update comment on WA State DOE SMP Priority of public access to public land
    and as referenced in the WA State Public Trust Doctrine
    Pearl Rains Hewett

    Elwha River public lands (between US 101 and SR 112)
    Clallam County Public Land
    NORM’S RESORT NPS Public Land
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    NORM’S RESORT  who’s Norm? what’s he got to do with it?

    The Norm’s privately owned resort, in 1979, provided “we the people” free public access with a long dirt trail for free walking beside the ELWHA RIVER and the use of the ELWHA RIVER FOR A FREE FISHING SPOTS AND IT DIDN’T STOP THERE, IT PROVIDED A STORE, CABINS, RENTAL BOATS.

    What happened to NORM’S RESORT free facilities?

    NORM’S RESORT was demolished by the federal government.

    NORM’S RESORT PRIVATE ELWHA RIVER property is now OUR PUBLIC LAND controlled by the NPS AND there is EVEN more Clallam County PUBLIC LAND on the Elwha River between US 101 and SR 112 that IS UP FOR GRABS.

    There is a county road for the main purpose of access to this area and a WDFW boat launch high and dry….

    2013- IT HAS EVEN BEEN SUGGESTED THAT THE CLALLAM COUNTY’S PUBLIC LAND BE GIVEN TO THE TRIBES?

    As a Community we should insist that the public Elwha River property (between US 101 and SR 112 public land) –

    BE GIVEN FIRST PRIORTY FOR PUBLIC ACCESS AND PUBLIC USE.

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    In accordance with the DOE and the requirements for PUBLIC ACCESS TO PUBLIC LAND as stated in THE CLALLAM COUNTY SMP UPDATE.

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    APRIL 4, 2017 (I did this)

    ·  Behind My Back | The Elwha River Limbo Land

    www.behindmyback.org/2017/04/04/6477

    Posted on April 4, 2017 6:46 am by Pearl Rains Hewett

    The Elwha River Limbo Land SOME 1,100 ACRES OF LAND WITH AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE? ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 10, 2012 By Lynda V. Mapes Seattle Times staff reporter WHAT …

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    MY Category Archives  A CITIZEN EXPRESSING INTEREST

    ·  Behind My Back | A CITIZEN EXPRESSING INTEREST

    www.behindmyback.org/category/a-citizen-expressing-interest The Elwha River Limbo Land. SOME 1,100 ACRES OF LAND WITH AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE? ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED AUGUST 10, 2012 By Lynda V. Mapes Seattle Times staff reporter

    WHAT WILL BECOME OF “THE SO CALLED PROJECT LANDS”?

     THAT USED TO BE UNDER THE ELWHA DAM AND LAKE ALDWELL?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     WELL, I GUESS WE WILL JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS….

    TO  THE WA STATE  ELWHA RIVER PROJECT LANDS DURING THIS  PUBLIC PROCESS BY BUREAUCRATS  TO DECIDE THE LONG-TERM DISPOSITION OF OUR CLALLAM COUNTY PUBLIC LAND BY WA STATE BUREAUCRATS

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    The bottom line

    Oct 29, 2017 WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT?

    CROSS MY FINGERS?

    NOPE,  THE USUAL…

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    —– Original Message —–

    From: xxx

    To: Pearl Hewett

    Sent: Friday, October 27, 2017 3:14 PM

    Subject: Future interest by the State in Elwha Project Lands

    Future interest by the State in Elwha Project Lands, WDFW released its findings (so far) to the Fish Commission.  Listen in at:

    https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2017101082

    watch – TVW, Washington States' Public Affairs Network

    www.tvw.org

     

    and making it easy for you, time stamp starts at 1:50:17 and goes through to 1:52:12.  Less than two minutes of one’s life and one shale know as much as I do.

    Without getting hopes up, opinion is there’s a bit of hope WDFW is seriously going to address this, at least make recommendations for the State to consider.


  • Renaming and Rebranding the ONP Wilderness

    Renaming and Re-branding the ONP Wilderness

    Sponsored In 2016, by the Wild, Wilderness, WA DC Democrats,.  Senator Maria Cantwell, (D) Mountlake Terrace, and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, (D) Seattle, introduced S. 3028, while H.R. 5397 was sponsored by members of the Washington delegation in the House, including Derek Kilmer (D) Born: Port Angeles, WA (DWA 6th District)

     SO, After President Trump was Elected President Nov 8, 2016, And before President Trump was sworn into office on Jan 20, 2017.

    The bill was signed into law Dec. 14, 2016, by President Barack Obama.

    AUG 18TH, 2017 Ceremony marks change of name  of to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

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    CHANGING THE NAME DOES NOT CHANGE THE GAME. period

    Trump’s DOI and EPA Pick?

    WELL, IF WA STATE  SENATOR PATTY MURRAY (D) WANTED ALL OF THE PEOPLE OUT OF THE OLYMPIC PENINSULA IN WA STATE, WHAT WOULD SHE DO?

    SENATOR MURRAY MADE HER CHOICE, OVER SIX (6) YEARS AGO…. WILD OLYMPICS  WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN 2010, IN 2012, CONGRESS NORM DICKS AND SENATOR PATTY MURRAY(D) INTRODUCED IDENTICAL BILLS IN … WILD OLYMPICS WILDERNESS AND WILD AND SCENIC RIVERS ACT OF 2012

    APR 11, 2013 – WA STATE  SENATOR PATTY MURRAY’S (D) PROPOSAL IS CALLED WILD OLYMPICS.

    REINTRODUCING 2013-2014 and REINTRODUCING 2015-2016

    Stop Wild Olympics Update 2016
    if you have already read to the bottom, here is page 2  

    The Wild Olympics Scam
    From The Beginning: 

     

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    WA STATE SENATOR MARIA CANTWELL was busy having roads decommissioned while MURRAY (D) AND KILMER (D)  waited in the wings with their phones and their pens.

    In the meantime Kilmer(D) took on Dicks (D) roll, with Murray(D) to re-introduce the unwanted, unnecessary and wasteful Wild Olympics Wild & Scenic Act TWICE!

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    The Long Range Plan ONP 1944-2017?

    Ceremony marks change of name to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/ceremony-marks-change-of-name-to-daniel-j-evans-…

    1 day ago – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Dignitaries will gather at Hurricane Ridge today to celebrate the dedication of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.

    Ceremony marks change of name to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

    FRI AUG 18TH, 2017 THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS, WHICH COVERS 95 PERCENT OF THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, HAS BEEN RENAMED AND RE-BRANDED.

    RE-BRANDING IS A MARKETING STRATEGY IN WHICH A NEW NAME, term, symbol, design, or combination thereof is created for an established brand with the intention of developing a new, differentiated identity in the minds of consumers, investors, competitors, and other stakeholders.

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    ONP SPOKESWOMAN PENNY WAGNER SAID, “IT’S NOT CHANGING THE WILDERNESS,” WAGNER ADDED. “IT’S NOT ADDING OR SUBTRACTING LAND. IT’S JUST A “RENAMING” OF THE EXISTING WILDERNESS.”

    FRI AUG 18TH, 2017 Ceremony marks change of name  of to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

    CHANGING THE NAME DOES NOT CHANGE THE GAME. period

    Invited speakers are,  the usual liberal suspects, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell D, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer D, former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks D, AND A NEW (January 9, 2017) REPUBLICAN STATE SEN. HANS ZEIGER?  Olympic National Park ACTING Superintendent Lee Taylor.

    THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS, WHICH COVERS 95 PERCENT OF THE PARK, HAS BEEN RENAMED to honor Evans for his contributions to wilderness preservation, park spokeswoman Penny Wagner said.

    FRI AUG 18TH, 2017 “IT’S NOT CHANGING THE WILDERNESS,” WAGNER ADDED. “IT’S NOT ADDING OR SUBTRACTING LAND. IT’S JUST A RENAMING OF THE EXISTING WILDERNESS.”

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    CHANGING THE NAME DOES NOT CHANGE THE GAME. period

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    1938 THE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WAS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED BY US PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT

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

    “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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    1964 PRESIDENT LYNDON B. JOHNSON SIGNED THE WILDERNESS ACT INTO LAW

    1981 OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK WAS DESIGNATED BY UNESCO AS NATURAL UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK IN 1981 ALSO RECOGNIZED BY UNESCO AS AN INTERNATIONAL BIOSPHERE RESERVE.

    1988 SEVEN YEARS LATER IN NOVEMBER 1988. AFTER BECOMING A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE, AFTER BECOMING AN  INTERNATIONAL BIOSPHERE RESERVE IN 1981?

    1988, EVANS INTRODUCED THE WASHINGTON PARK WILDERNESS ACT

    1988  THE BILL PROPOSED MORE THAN 1.7 MILLION ACRES OF WILDERNESS WITHIN OLYMPIC, MOUNT RAINIER AND NORTH CASCADES NATIONAL PARKS. IT WAS SIGNED INTO LAW BY PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN.

    1988,  THE ACT DESIGNATED 877,000 ACRES IN OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK AS THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS.

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    1992 George C Rains Sr., my Dad had an 48 year inholder  history (1944-1992) with the Olympic National Park and he wrote a notarized 28 page warning on the National Park Service, Oct 8, 1992.

    Snippets: 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 Are the removal of the Lake Mills Dam and Aldwell Lake Dam part of the National Park Service conspiracy to later demand a wide corridor down each side of the Elwha River to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and ultimately split Clallam County?

    George C. Rains Sr.

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    U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Mount Olympus National Monument on 2 March 1909. It was designated a national park by President Franklin Roosevelt on June 29, 1938. In 1976, Olympic National Park was designated by UNESCO as an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 as a World Heritage Site.

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    AND AUG 18, 2017,  THE OLYMPIC WILDERNESS HAS BEEN RENAMED AND RE-BRANDED BY WA STATE DEMOCRATS, IN A CEREMONY  ON  HURRICANE RIDGE AS THE  DANIEL J. EVANS WILDERNESS

    CHANGING THE NAME DOES NOT CHANGE THE GAME. period

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    OCT. 8, 1992- 2013-2017

    Behind My Back | “Conspiracy Exposed”

    www.behindmyback.org/conspiracy-exposed/

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

    The proof of this conspiracy has and is being proven in the step by step acquisition of private and DNR land by the National Park Service, as this is being written and during the last 21 years from 1992 to 2013.

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

    It’s a good read from a historical standpoint and a cautionary statement to the citizens of Clallam County. Could this happen to Clallam Country by imminent domain, isolation, regulation, restriction and/or economic starvation?

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    JAN 27, 2014

    Behind My Back | Part 1 (WOW) a War on Wild?

    www.behindmyback.org/2014/01/27/part-1-wow-a-war-on-wild/

    JAN 27, 2014 – Why would anyone use the word “War” against the federal governments “Wild” Agendas that historically, have had the FEDERAL power, past, …

    Editorital: A War on Wild | Citizen Review Online

    citizenreviewonline.org/editorital-a-war-on-wild/

    JAN 31, 2014 – www.behindmyback.org … Now is the time for many of us to speak of a War On Wild and keep our … (WOW) A War on Wild and Scenic Rivers?

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    JUL 31, 2016

    Behind My Back | The Long Range Plan of NPS 1944-2016

    www.behindmyback.org/2016/07/31/the-long-range-plan-of-nps-1944-2016/

    JUL 31, 2016 – www.behindmyback.org/2016/04/26/let–me–ask-america-a-question/ … The notarized document “Conspiracy Exposed” was written on Oct. 8 …

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    RE-BRANDING  AND CHANGING THE NAME DOES NOT CHANGE THE GAME. period

    Ceremony marks change of name to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/ceremony-marks-change-of-name-to-daniel-j-evans-…

    1 day ago – OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Dignitaries will gather at Hurricane Ridge today to celebrate the dedication of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.

    Ceremony marks change of name to Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Dignitaries will gather at Hurricane Ridge today to celebrate the dedication of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness.

    Daniel Evans is a former U.S. senator and Washington governor whose efforts played a key role in the preservation of more than 1.7 million acres of wilderness in the state, Olympic National Park officials said.

    The Olympic Wilderness, which covers 95 percent of the park, has been renamed to honor Evans for his contributions to wilderness preservation, park spokeswoman Penny Wagner said.

    “It’s not changing the wilderness,” Wagner added. “It’s not adding or subtracting land. It’s just a renaming of the existing wilderness.”

    The public is invited to the dedication ceremony.

    The event will be from 10:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the west end of the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center parking lot.

    Parking will be available on a first-come, first served basis.

    Invited speakers are Evans, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, former U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, state Sen. Hans Zeiger, Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent Lee Taylor and Sequim author Tim McNulty.

    In 2016, Cantwell, D-Mountlake Terrace, and U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Seattle, introduced S. 3028, while H.R. 5397 was sponsored by members of the Washington delegation in the House, including Derek Kilmer.

    Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, represents the 6th Congressional District, which includes the North Olympic Peninsula.

    The bill was signed into law Dec. 14, 2016, by President Barack Obama.

    President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law in 1964 “to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness,” Olympic National Park officials said in a news release.

    The idea was to preserve a remnant of the country’s untamed, wild places as wilderness for the permanent good of the people.

    Wilderness areas help protect complex ecosystems, natural processes and habitat for threatened and endangered species, park officials said.

    In March 1988, Evans introduced the Washington Park Wilderness Act with former Sen. Brock Adams.

    The bill proposed more than 1.7 million acres of wilderness within Olympic, Mount Rainier and North Cascades national parks. It was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in November 1988.

    The act designated 877,000 acres in Olympic National Park as the Olympic Wilderness.

    Evans served three terms as Washington governor from 1965 to 1977. He was a senator from 1983 to 1989.

    Evans and his wife, Nancy Evans, live in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood.

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


  • The Elwha River Limbo Land

    The Elwha River Limbo Land

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    WITH PUBLIC ACCESS MAINTAINED.

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

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

    ACCORDING TO ???? 

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

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

    WITH ALL THE FALSE NEWS NOW DAYS….

    THIS IS THE LAW, READ IT,  YOU DECIDE…

    Public Law 102-495 102d Congress An Act

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

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

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

    Elwha tribe finds legendary creation site, wants uncovered land

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

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    By Lynda V. Mapes Seattle Times staff reporter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    THIS IS A  CLALLAM COUNTY CONCERNED CITIZEN EXPRESSING  INTEREST

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

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

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

    THESE ARE CONCERNED CITIZEN’S OF CLALLAM COUNTY EXPRESSING  INTEREST

    Clallam County WA | Citizen Review Online

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

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


  • 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?


  • Elwha Supplemental Impact Statement?

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

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

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

    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

    National Park Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    VISITORS? LIKE AN IMPACT STATEMENT ONP INHOLDERS?

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    Jun 28, 2011

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

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

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

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    FISH BEFORE PEOPLE

    Elwha River Fish Restoration Plan – National Park Service

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

    2008 – ‎Related articles

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

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    DATED: JULY 9, 2002.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Elwha River Fish Restoration Plan – National Park Service

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

    2008 – ‎Related articles

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

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    Apr 15, 2013

    ELWHA RIVER WATER QUALITY  200,000  DEAD SMOLT

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

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

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

    JUL 12, 2013 LOWER ELWHA KLALLAM TRIBE’S HATCHERY

    200, 000  MORE DEAD SMOLT

    400,000 TOTAL DEAD HATCHERY SMOLT…

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

    wildfishconservancy.org › About › Press › Press Clips

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

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

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

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

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

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

    WE CAN’T FIND THAT PAGE….

    THE SEIS WILL ALSO ANALYZE CHANGES UNRELATED TO WATER QUALITY

    MITIGATION WHERE APPLICABLE.

    One of these changes is a re-evaluation of

    options to mitigate impacts to septic systems on the Lower Elwha

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

    parts of the Reservation may become ineffective when the river level

    and associated groundwater table rises as a result of river channel

    aggradation following dam removal.

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

    actions associated with such revegetation will be addressed.

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    Full unedited text

    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

    National Park Service Elwha Ecosystem Restoration Implementation;

    Olympic National Park; Clallam and Jefferson Counties, WA;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    DATED: JULY 9, 2002.

    JOHN J. REYNOLDS,REGIONAL DIRECTOR,

    PACIFIC WEST REGION.[FR DOC. 02-23124

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


  • ONP Elwha River Inholders

    Olympic National Park Elwha River Inholders that hold out…

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

    AND SOLD OUT AS WILLING SELLERS.

    The full list of  133 names and dates are below

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

    SOMETHINGS HAPPEN THAT MUST BE DOCUMENTED, TO BE REMEMBERED

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

    Destroyed Inholder  Private Elwha Recreational Sites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    SOMETHINGS HAPPEN THAT MUST BE DOCUMENTED, TO BE REMEMBERED

    excerpt from

    [PDF]Conspiracy Exposed – Citizen Review Online

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Destroyed Inholder  Private Elwha Recreational Sites

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

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

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

    Dated Sept. 22, 1970

    Hand written income by George C. Rains Sr.

    ending Dec. 1973

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

  • 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!


  • Battered by Dam Removal – Elwha Bridge

    Battered by Dam Removal Elwha Bridge Destroyed

    A DAM TRAGEDY THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE

    MARCH 11, 2016

    Andy Ritchie, project hydrologist with the National Park Service at Olympic National Park, EXPLAINED THAT DAM REMOVAL HAS ALLOWED THE RIVER NOT ONLY TO RUN FREE, BUT TO GATHER WOOD, SEDIMENT AND ROCK FROM ITS WATERSHED — TOOLS WITH WHICH IT IS REWORKING ITS CHANNEL.

    THE ELWHA IS MUSCLING BACK AND FORTH, “BATTERING” ITS BANKS WITH ENTIRE TREES IT CHEWS DOWN, and building massive jams of logs. “It’s alive,” Ritchie said.

    ENJOY THIS PICTURE OF WHAT’S BATTERED AND WHAT’S IS BATTERING


    US 101 Elwha River Bridge

    A logging truck makes its way across the U.S. 101 bridge over the Elwha River last week. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

    A logging truck makes its way across the U.S. 101 bridge over the Elwha River last week. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News) DEC 30, 2016

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    What’s wrong with these pictures?

    US 101 Elwha River Bridge WSDOT website

    US 101 Elwha River Bridge

    MISLEADING PICTURE?

    MISLEADING PICTURE?
    Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge. by Associated Press. Sunday, December 25th 2016. Photo shows the Highway 101 bridge over the …

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    Forks council joins call for new Elwha bridge, new alignment …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/forkscouncil-joins-call-for-new-elwhabridge-new-…

    Dec 30, 2016 – PORT ANGELES — The Forks City Council has joined the chorus of … state to replace the battered U.S. Highway 101 Elwha River bridge on a …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/forks-council-joins-call-for-new-elwhabridge-new-…

    DEC 30, 2016… THE STATE TO REPLACE THE “BATTERED” U.S. HIGHWAY 101 ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE … at http://tinyurl.com/PDN-elwhariverbridge, shows a new bridge built …

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    HERE ARE THE LINKS TO MAKE A WSDOT PUBLIC COMMENT

    WSDOT – Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates

    www.wsdot.wa.gov › Regions › Olympic Region › Olympic Region – Construction

    3 days ago – CONSTRUCTION No active construction projects are occurring at this time. MAINTENANCE Highway: US 101 Region: Olympic County: …

    SCROLL DOWN CLICK ON  LINK

    1. For more information about the bridge or to see alternatives being considered for the future, please visit elwhariverbridge.com.

    2. US 101 Elwha River Bridge

    3. Information for the US 101 Elwha River Bridge is available at the following web page that features

    All of three of the links above take you to the same place (screen)

    LINK TAKES YOU HERE SEE THAT “COMMENTS” BELOW squint it’s in small print.

    It is where I finally made my  disgruntled comment to WSDOT.

    US 101 Elwha River Bridge

    US 101 Elwha River Bridge

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    WHAT A NICE MISLEADING PICTURE

    WHEN WAS THE ABOVE WSDOT ELWHA BRIDGE PICTURE TAKEN?

    want to make a comment on the pictures?

    Comments

    ANOTHER NICE MISLEADING PICTURE

    WHEN WAS THE BELOW ELWHA BRIDGE PICTURE TAKEN?

    Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge | KOMO

    komonews.com/news/local/replacement-is-preferredoption-for-elwhariverbridge

    Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge. by Associated Press. Sunday, December 25th 2016. Photo shows the Highway 101 bridge over the …

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    I finally found this on line today documentation  and facts

     US 101 Elwha River Bridge – Library

    Design Alternatives – US 101 Elwha River Bridge  (pdf 729kb)

    We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT.

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    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20151123/…/311239985

    Peninsula Daily News

    Nov 22, 2015Peninsula Daily News

    OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The Elwha River flexed its new muscles during the most recent round of storms and severely damaged Olympic Hot Springs Road and effectively buried a campground in silt.

    When the water receded, Olympic National Park officials discovered the water had washed out a 60-foot-long section of Olympic Hot Springs Road, and much of Elwha Campground had nearly disappeared under more than a foot of silt and debris, Barb Maynes, spokeswoman for the park, had said over the weekend.

    “Other areas in the [Elwha] valley have seen damage — extensive damage,” Maynes said.

    Maynes said there is no established timeline yet for repairs or reopening damaged Elwha roads and campgrounds.

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    MARCH 11, 2016 THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD,

    Elwha Valley access limited after river wrecks campgrounds, road  VIEW

    Olympic National Park is grappling with recreation choices as the restored river gives lessons in co-existing with nature. Here’s how to find your way in…

    ELWHA VALLEY, OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK —

    THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD, DEVOURING THE MAIN ROAD INTO THE ELWHA VALLEY AT OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, AND DEMOLISHING TWO CAMPGROUNDS.

    AND THAT WAS JUST IN ITS FIRST WINTER FLOOD SINCE DAM REMOVAL.

    THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME, CREATING A QUANDARY FOR PARK OFFICIALS CHALLENGED WITH PROVIDING PUBLIC ACCESS INTO THE RIVER VALLEY THE PUBLIC JUST PAID $350 MILLION TO RESTORE.

    Andy Ritchie, project hydrologist with the National Park Service at Olympic National Park, EXPLAINED THAT DAM REMOVAL HAS ALLOWED THE RIVER NOT ONLY TO RUN FREE, BUT TO GATHER WOOD, SEDIMENT AND ROCK FROM ITS WATERSHED — TOOLS WITH WHICH IT IS REWORKING ITS CHANNEL.

    THE ELWHA IS MUSCLING BACK AND FORTH, BATTERING ITS BANKS WITH ENTIRE TREES IT CHEWS DOWN, and building massive jams of logs. “It’s alive,” Ritchie said.

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    SINCE THE DAM REMOVAL , THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD AND THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME, CREATING A QUANDARY

    I found this on line today documentation  and facts  US 101 Elwha River Bridge – Library

    Design Alternatives – US 101 Elwha River Bridge  (pdf 729kb)

    On Dec. 20, 2016, WSDOT announced that Alternatives 1-4 had been removed from further consideration. Alternatives 5, 6 and 7 are continuing to be evaluated based on public input, funding availability, environmental considerations, the condition of the existing bridge and detour routes, real estate requirements, and other factors.

    Historical Timeline of Events:
    1913 – Elwha Dam was built
    1926 – The US 101 Elwha River Bridge was built
    1927 – Glines Canyon Dam was built
    1954 – US 101 Elwha River Bridge was widened from a 20-foot bridge to 28 feet
    2012 – Elwha Dam was removed
    2014 – GLINES CANYON DAM WAS REMOVED

     TODAY THE RIVER ROARS THROUGH THE TIGHT ROCK CANYON ONCE PLUGGED BY ELWHA DAM.

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    2014 – GLINES CANYON DAM WAS REMOVED

    Elwha River claims section of road with massive washout …

    SINCE THE NOV 17, 2015

    PDN Reported this on Nov.23, 2015

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    MARCH 11, 2016 THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD

    AND THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME…

    CREATING A QUANDARY?

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    SEP 28, 2016

    Crews examining erosion at Elwha River bridge to cause series of …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/crews-examining-erosion-at-elwhariverbridge-to-c…

    SEP 28, 2016PORT ANGELES —SEDIMENT WASHING DOWN FROM THE FORMER LAKE ALDWELL HAS ERODED THE AREAS AROUND THE PIERS FOR THE ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE ON …

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    Elwha River bridge could need replacement after dam removal | Q13 …

    q13fox.com/2016/10/…/elwhariverbridge-could-need-replacement-after-dam-remo…

    OCT 20, 2016  PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Officials say the U.S. Highway 101 bridge over the Elwha River could need replacement or retrofitting

    NOW THAT TWO DAMS HAVE BEEN REMOVED.

    The Peninsula Daily News reports that THE NOW-WILD RIVER is eroding the riverbed under the bridge. When state Department of Transportation crews drilled bore samples earlier this month, they learned that the bridge’s two piers sit atop gravel — not bedrock, as they had hoped.

    The bridge was built in 1926, after the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams were constructed. With THE DAMS REMOVED AS PART OF A $325 MILLION NATIONAL PARK SERVICE PROJECT TO RESTORE THE ELWHA RIVER TO ITS WILD STATE, the state has placed boulders at the base of the piers to stem erosion. But that’s just a short term fix.

    The DOT says the bridge remains safe to drive on. EXPERTS ARE MONITORING it closely to detect any movement.

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    WSDOT – Olympic Region Weekly Construction and Traffic Updates

    www.wsdot.wa.gov › Regions › Olympic Region › Olympic Region – Construction

    2 days ago – View Clallam County construction map (pdf 270 kb) CONSTRUCTIONDESCRIPTION: ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE MONITORING. Work schedule: No …

    Highway: US 101 Region:OlympicCounty: Clallam Location: Milepost(s) 238.7 to 239.5
    Contact: Doug Adamson, 360-357-2716
    Description: ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE MONITORING
    Work schedule: No scheduled impacts.

    For more information about the bridge or to see alternatives being considered for the future, please visit elwhariverbridge.com.

    Preventive measures
    The increased water flow resulting from two dams being removed from the river have caused much material to wash downstream. Since 2012, the riverbed at the bridge has lowered 14 feet.

    The lowered riverbed revealed the piers’ seals, promoting WSDOT to do borings to verify the depth of the foundations. The borings, done in October 2016, revealed that the foundations are on gravel, not bedrock. This finding was in contrast to what the original 1926 engineering plans showed. As a result, WSDOT immediately installed over 3,300 tons of riprap (large boulders) around both piers to help prevent further erosion. Additional monitoring using tilt meters, crack meters, water flow meters, surveys and visual observations are also taking place.

    The End Result
    WSDOT is exploring several options to keep traffic moving around the Olympic Peninsula. We believe that a reliable US 101 crossing over the Elwha River is vital to the well-being of the communities on the Olympic Peninsula. To that end, we have removed Alternatives 1, 2, and 3 (options that did not include a bridge) from further consideration because they do not meet that need. Additionally, we have removed Alternative 4 (retrofitting the existing bridge) as a long-term solution due to the 90-year-old age of the structure.

    We are still evaluating the three remaining options that include building a new bridge using three different approaches. We do not have a firm timeline for a decision, but are moving forward aggressively.

    COMMENT…CLICK BELOW…

    We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT.

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    YEP…THE EXPERTS ARE MONITORING…..

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    Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge | KOMO

    komonews.com/news/local/replacement-is-preferred-option-for-elwhariverbridge

    Replacement is preferred option for Elwha River bridge.

    BY ASSOCIATED PRESS. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 25TH 2016.PHOTO SHOWS THE HIGHWAY 101 BRIDGE OVER THE …

    THE Peninsula Daily News REPORTS THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION RECEIVED NEARLY 300 PUBLIC COMMENTS ON WHETHER TO ABANDON, RETROFIT OR REPLACE THE DILAPIDATED U.S. HIGHWAY 101 ELWHA RIVER BRIDGE. IF ABANDONED, TRAFFIC WOULD BE REROUTED ONTO STATE HIGHWAY 112.

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    State officials tell of possibility Elwha River bridge will be closed …

    www.peninsuladailynews.com/…/state-officials-tell-of-possibility-elwhariverbridge-…

    NOV 11, 2016 – PORT ANGELES — If the Elwha River bridge on U.S. Highway 101 west … also close as crews eventually work to retrofit or replace the bridge.

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    Jan 11, 2017 The bottom line

    MARCH 11, 2016 THE ELWHA IS TRULY A RIVER GONE WILD

    AND THERE’S SURELY MORE TO COME…

    CREATING A QUANDARY?

    Design Alternatives – US 101 Elwha River Bridge  (pdf 729kb)

    We encourage you to review the alternatives and send your thoughts about them to WSDOT.

    For more information about the bridge or to see alternatives being considered for the future, please visit elwhariverbridge.com.


  • 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