Photo taken by Harold Brunstad of the 2006-07 blowdown mess on S. Shore Road of Lake Quinault on US Forest Service land that is being left to rot. It “is-is”, in a last minute executive order by Pres. Clinton who declared Quinault Ridge a “Roadless Area” even though there “is-is”(guess it depends on your definition of what Roadless “is-is”) a 5 mile road running right thru it - Wright Canyon Road. This 50 acres of merchantable timber could provide jobs, help the economy, clean-up the land so wildlife and humans could again access the area instead of letting it go to rot and feed the bugs.
This “Roadless Area” is now 1 of 28 New proposed Wilderness Areas of the wild olympic “con-pain”, that would guarantee that no timber would ever be harvested again. It would continue to make it bureaucratic red-tape to use a chainsaw to cut trees out of a trail – The Col. Bob Wilderness Trail is still closed after 3 years, due to 1 1/2 miles of trees blown across the trail, and now the enviros want to ban “mechanized access” – no bicycles in wilderness areas. Their 28 New Wildernesses include miles and miles of old roads, that are still intact, in great shape and are currently used by mtn. bikers. All under the guise of providing MORE public access in their “con-pain”.
Photo taken by Harold Brunstad on the W. Fork Humptulips gravel bars off of Rainbow Creek road on Memorial Day 2008. This is 1 of 2 gravel bars that were slated for closure by the US Forest Service so the W. Fork Humptulips River would then be more eligible for Wild and Scenic designation (wouldn’t it be just terrible for someone to be out “wild and scenicing” and come upon this unnatural sight of humans recreating on public land. Problem is-is there is no public access left up river from these 2 gravel bars-all access has been removed!)
These last 2 remaining remaining recreation sites, used by generations to get together in the great outdoors, would also have closed 5 miles of road between each gravel bar. Closing these gravel bars, they wanted to build parking lots and you could walk 100 ft. to the river, dragging all your gear and family, would have ruined the very essence of why people went to the river in the first place-to recreate; to camp, picnic, swim, make a popular summertime tube float down the river from gravel bar to gravel bar, roast hotdogs, make smores and enjoy being out in nature. Closing of these 2 access points would have met the enviros claim of “providing more public access” in their wild olympics “con-pain”. This effort to close these 2 gravel bars and 5 miles of road was successfully stopped, ”for now” , by Harold Brunstad, Brian Blake, myself and then Commissioner Al Carter, who interestingly is now a paid consultant to support this enviro land-grab, wild olympics “con-pain”, that attempts to add layers of unnecessary bureaucracy to the use of public lands and locks-up both private and public working forestland.