ONP Superintendent: Lots on input planned for Park Management Plan

Peninsula News Network


Clallam County, WA - The new head of Olympic National Park says it will be a while before the park settles the details of the new General Management Plan.

And with suggestions ranging from no development, to new development of park areas, ONP Superintendent Bill Laitner says there’s going to be a lot of room for public input.

Laitner, who just filled the vacancy left by longtime Superintendent Dave Morris, made his first public appearance in Port Angeles Monday, speaking to the Chamber of Commerce.

Most of his comments were centered around the future of the park, and being a “good neighbor” to the Peninsula communities that surround it.

Laitner arrives at Olympic just as the park is taking the first comments on the General Management Plan, an attempt to pull individual plans and ideas into a single document. The plan is being designed to cover 20 years into the future. Some people are already criticizing parts of the plan which suggest either a “more development”, or “no development approach”. Laitner says those simply represent a spread of options at this point.

Laitner says it will take about a year before the park comes up with preferred alternatives for the plan, and even then there will be plenty of opportunity for input.

Laitner told the chamber members he fully supports the plans to remove the Elwha River dams and restore the river’s fishery.


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