TODAY (1/13) is the last day to ask the Forest Service to deny the Navy’s application to begin flying warplanes over the Olympic National Park and wilderness area.
–> What’s needed: Write an email comment to the Forest Service asking them to deny the application.
CONTACT: Reta LaFord, Olympic National Forest Supervisor
SUBJECT: Deny permit for Navy Electromagnetic Warfare
Washington Wild has some great talking points you can use for your letter (link below). Some key points:
–> Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest are too special and too important to be degraded by thunderous jet noise. These warplanes do not belong above one of our quietest, wildest, and most protected areas in our country.
–> Flying over wilderness areas and Olympic National Park is not the Navy’s only option for electromagnetic warfare training.
–> The wild Olympic Peninsula is like nowhere else. It has been recognized as a national park, a wilderness area, an International Biosphere Reserve, and a World Heritage Site. It’s also the most popular national park in the Northwest, with over 3 million visitors in 2015.
–> We can have a properly trained and prepared military without having to sacrifice our wilderness areas, conservation lands, and recreational opportunities.
You can find even more information – including audio of what the jets sound like when flying overhead – on the Washington Wild blog.
There’s another opportunity to try to keep jets out of the Olympic Peninsula via an Environmental Impact Statement the Navy is required to submit. We’ll add that information in a separate post.