Letters of opposition needed now on Navy Electronic Warfare Range

This in from the Protect Olympic Peninsula people:
The Executive Director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics told citizens that letters to Mr. Bonnie may be the best shot we have to defeat the plan of the Navy’s to turn the Olympic Peninsula into an Electronic Warfare Range.  We only have a few weeks left before the Forest Service makes its “decision”.
The letters don’t have to be long…but we need a lot of them! Can you spread this Alert through your own network, and perhaps share it with the younger generation who are so adept at social media? Know any groups who would post it on their Facebook page?
Please help save beautiful Olympic National Park from becoming a Warfare training Range! We have only a few weeks before the decision is made. YOUR voice is needed! See how you can help:
It has been recommended that the letters to Mr. Bonnie also be cc’d to our representatives. Thank you for caring and taking action.
Derek Kilmer’s exec secretary’s email address:

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  1. […] – YouTube If you have not yet written your letter to Mr. Bonnie, please do so immediately: http://olyopen.com/2015/08/15/letters-of-opposition-needed-now-on-navy-electronic-warfare-range/ Contact info:: Chief Tom Tidwell, USFS 1400 Independence Ave SW Washington, DC 20250-1111 […]

  2. The motto of the U.S. Forest Service is “Caring for the Land and Serving People.” There is no better time than this for the Service to honor its pledge and protect ONP before it is irrevocably altered by an extremely ill conceived and unnecessary plan for Navy Growler jet pilot training and EW testing. This kind of activity around and over ONP denies the rights of all people as it violates the entire purpose of a national park!

  3. Please keep the Olympic national park just that. A park for us the people of this nation to go to to get away. From noise. From everything. Please do not have training exercises here. For the sake of the wildlife in the park and for the sake of the people who enjoy it. I can only imagine how much this will affect how much the park makes from its visitors. I understand the need to train to keep our country safe. But with so little sacred places such as this left. It seems horribly wrong to choose this as a training ground.

  4. To: Robert Bonnie, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture
    From: Roberta T. and James E. Mantooth, 2238 E. Lindberg Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362

    Subject: Navy Electronic Warfare proposals

    We are grateful that a person with your educational and professional credentials has such a critical role in determining what the Navy will be permitted to do to this exceptional part of our planet. With your background, you surely are aware of the Olympic Peninsula’s unique qualities as a temperate rain forest. Many stewards have guarded these qualities and are doing everything possible to assure that future generations will continue the commitment of tribal people, nonprofit organizations and state and federal governmental entities. We who have chosen the Olympic Peninsula for our personal and professional lives have been both humbled and proud to join with the tribal people who have treated the plants, animals, land and waters with the greatest respect for millennia. Through our commitments as parents and civic volunteers and careers in teaching and pediatrics, we have done everything we can to contribute to our area’s well-being. Since retiring, we have given our time and financial resources to such organizations as the Environmental Defense Fund, North Olympic Land Trust, North Olympic Salmon Coalition, Olympic Park Institute (now NatureBridge), local watershed groups, Olympic National Park and various groups focused on forest stewardship.

    We know, as we are sure you also know, that it takes a village not only to bring up children but to care for the environment. We take this responsibility with the utmost seriousness.

    We do not have confidence that the Navy’s plans will fit with the commitment the Olympic Peninsula needs if it is to continue its unique role in our planet’s ecosystem. No assurances have been given that the Navy’s equipment and personnel will avoid disrupting natural processes. To the contrary, repeated statements have made it obvious that advocates of the Electronic Warfare proposals believe perceived military priorities trump everything else.

    In addition to stewarding the area’s plants, animals, lands and waters, all of us need to recognize the increasing importance of safeguarding places where human beings can experience quiet, beauty and the sheer awe possible in places that are protected properly. Just when our area’s salmonid streams are getting a chance to recover from poorly constructed forest service roads lacking culverts and sending silt where eggs and new generations of fish might have a chance to survive, these Navy proposals threaten to undo work of many decades.

    National forests are supposed to serve many uses, but these uses need to be prioritized so they don’t destroy irreplaceable qualities. Electronic warfare equipment and the increased flights of noisy Growler aircraft it would bring have no place in our “village.”

    If you give into these proposals, where will the compromises stop? The Navy would have us believe that we must give up everything to military priorities. We need civilians like you to say, “No!”

    Thank you for considering our thoughts.

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