In response to public requests, officials at the Olympic National Park have changed the time and location of a public open house in Amanda Park to discuss the park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan and will add three additional events around the Olympic Peninsula, including one in Aberdeen next month.
A public meeting scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, in Amanda Park has been moved to a later time and larger facility on the same day to accommodate public interest. The meeting, originally scheduled to take place at the Amanda Park Library, will now begin an hour later, running from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and has been moved to the Lake Quinault School gymnasium at 6130 US Hwy 101.
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.
The park is also scheduling additional workshops to be held in Port Townsend, Olympia and Aberdeen. The Port Townsend public meeting is scheduled for Feb. 27.
Meetings in Olympia and Aberdeen will be in March, with dates and times still to be determined.
“I am very pleased we have received such broad public interest,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “Public input is essential in developing the best possible plan.”
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.
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. In the coming weeks, a Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS will be published in the Federal Register.
The public comment period will continue for 60 days after the Federal Register notice is published.