Grays Harbor officials oppose Wild Olympics plan

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ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) -- Grays Harbor County commissioners have sent a letter to Sen. Patty Murray and Congressman Norm Dicks asking them to drop any Wild Olympics legislation that would restrict logging and recreation on the Olympic Peninsula.

KXRO reports (http://is.gd/A2DbQc) the letter sent to the lawmakers Monday says commissioners oppose restrictions that would result in more job losses.

The Peninsula Daily News reports Wild Olympics is a Quilcene-based group pushing to have 209 square miles added to the Olympic National Forest as wilderness and to add 58 square miles of state and private timber land to the Olympic National Park as wilderness, if the owners agree to sell.

Murray and Dicks announced a draft proposal in November that would meet some of those goals through Wild and Scenic River and National Preserves legislation.

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Information from: KXRO-AM, http://www.kxro.com