Olympic Peninsula, Washington
Olympic Peninsula is known for its lush rainforests and rivers such as the Hoh, Elwha, Quinault and Duckabush. These and other iconic rivers of the Olympic Peninsula support some of the healthiest populations of salmon and steelhead in the region, and they provide critical habitat for wildlife, clean water and world-class recreational opportunities. They are vital to the health of Puget Sound. Yet hundreds of miles of the Peninsula’s incredible rivers have no permanent protection from new dams and other threats.
But that is about to change. American Rivers is a core member of the exciting “Wild Olympics” campaign to permanently protect over 400 miles of rivers and more than 126,000 acres of public lands on the Olympic Peninsula through Wild and Scenic River and Wilderness designations. See a map of the area .
Wild and Scenic River designation will forever protect the free-flowing character, water quality, and special values of rivers such as the Dungeness, Bogachiel, South Fork Calawah and important salmon-bearing streams like Matheney Creek. Wild and Scenic designation is the strongest protection that we can grant to rivers.
Wild Olympics is endorsed by more than 470 local supporters including businesses, farms, faith leaders, local elected officials, hunting, fishing and recreation groups.
Click here to obtain Photos of the Wild Olympics Proposal available for media purposes.