Sen. Murray to reintroduce Wild Olympics bill

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Associated Press

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Sen. Patty Murray plans to reintroduce Wild Olympics legislation that died in the last session of Congress.

Spokesman Sean Coit told the Peninsula Daily News (http://bit.ly/VdElCU ) Murray has worked to balance conservation and jobs.

The legislation would expand the wilderness area in the Olympic National Forest by about 200 square miles, creating a buffer around Olympic National Park. The legislation also would put 19 rivers under Wild and Scenic River protections.

The legislation is supported by the Quilcene-based Wild Olympics Campaign and opposed by the North Olympic Timber Action Committee.

New Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor, who replaced bill co-sponsor Norm Dicks in Congress, has not yet taken a position on the latest Wild Olympics legislation.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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