Aberdeen meeting on Olympic Park plan March 26

The Olympic National Park is continuing a series of public meetings this month to discuss the park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan, and has announced a date and location for an Aberdeen meeting.

In addition to several meetings planned throughout Western Washington, park staff will be on hand from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at the Aberdeen Timberland Library. The public is invited to drop by any time during those hours as park staff will be available to answer questions and record comments throughout the two-hour open house.

“We are grateful for the public’s interest in Olympic National Park and the future of its wilderness,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “We are pleased to be able to accommodate citizens’ requests for added meetings.”

Public workshops have already been held in Port Angeles, Sequim, Sekiu, Forks, Amanda Park, Port Townsend Seattle and Silverdale. Other meetings this month include one tonight at the Shelton Civic Center and Thursday evening at the Capital Plaza Hotel in Olympia.

Ninety-five percent of Olympic National Park was designated as wilderness in 1988, and is part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. The Wilderness Stewardship Plan will be developed in accordance with the Wilderness Act of 1964 and analyzed through an Environmental Impact Statement process. A Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register on Feb. 22. The public comment period will continue until April 23.

More information about the Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan, public meetings and planning process — including a public scoping newsletter — is available online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/olymwild. Comments may also be submitted at that website or mailed to: Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum, Attn: Wilderness Stewardship Plan, Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Ave., Port Angeles, WA 98362.