We must support proposed areas
Two things: First, I am pleasantly amazed that there are still 126,000-plus acres of potential wilderness left out there to protect. And second, I am equally amazed (although not so pleasantly), that there are those who would oppose the idea of giving the still-wild areas all the legal protection we can. If there is a way to enhance the prospects of keeping the peninsula as wild as possible, we would be fools not to do so.
I drive the back roads of the Olympic Peninsula on a regular basis. I see the signs out in the yards and pastures, along the fence lines and on the barns, either supporting or opposing the idea of Wild Olympics legislation. In my heart and in my head, I understand the idea of wanting to conserve what remains. I am unable to comprehend, however, the notion that we have enough wilderness already -- some opponents of the proposed plan say we have too much -- and that we need open more places for future development.
What I do know, beyond any doubt, is that once it's gone, it doesn't come back. We should not destroy what we do not know how to create.