New location for Olympic Park forum in Aberdeen

The location for a public meeting in Aberdeen to discuss the Olympic National Park’s Wilderness Stewardship Plan has been changed.

Park staff will now be on hand from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, at Aberdeen City Hall. 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.

Park officials have also added another public forum in Quilcene on April 1. Workshops have already been held in Port Angeles, Sequim, Sekiu, Forks, Amanda Park, Port Townsend, Seattle, Shelton, Olympia and Silverdale.

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 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.