Don't Turn the Olympic Peninsula into a War Zone! Block the Navy's Jets!

  • by: Aaron Viles
  • recipient: Dean Millet, District Ranger, Olympic National Forest; Reta Laford, Forest Supervisor, Olympic National Forest; Jim Peña, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester; Thomas L. Tidwell, Chief

The Olympic National Park and National Forest, on the Western edge of Washington state are home to ancient temperate rain forests, snow-capped mountains, beautiful meadows, and a number of endangered and threatened species. Unfortunately, if the Navy gets their way, these wilderness areas will be assaulted by 36 of the world's loudest jets, flying thousands of training exercises, hundreds of days a year, as low as 1,200 feet above the ground.

In addition, the Navy will be using these war games to test electromagnetic weaponry, which has some experts raising significant concerns about potential health impacts to birds, amphibians, and humans, as well.

Sign the petition and tell the Forest Service: Don't turn the Olympic Peninsula into a War Zone - Block the Navy's Plans

For more information, read the Truthout exposé here.

District Ranger Millet, and other USDA Forest Service Leadership,

Please deny the Navy's special permit seeking to use the Olympic National Park as a home to their war games and electromagnetic field weaponry training. The noise pollution as well as the possible health impacts of the EMF weaponry should make it clear that the Navy's plans will be detrimental to the public's use of the National Forest's Wilderness areas, as well as the value of habitat to a wide range of threatened and endangered species.

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