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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Olympic Discovery Trail petition

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Dear Friends & Family:

  The Peninsula Trails Coalition on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State is gathering signatures on a petition to be submitted to the WA State Parks Commission to encourage them to give a #1 priority to the development of the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) and the Pacific NW National Scenic Trail (PNNST) through Anderson Lake Park here in west Jefferson County.  Such a high ranking among all State Parks projects will virtually guarantee funding for the project when the Commission applies to the State Legislature for their 2019 - 2021 biennium budget.

 If you would consider signing, please go to:

  We have now gathered over two hundred individual signatures and approximately two dozen signatures from local businesses, organizations, and agencies representing thousands more north Olympic Peninsula residents.

  The development of the ODT through Anderson Lake Park (mostly on already existing Park trails) would become a segment of the ODT and the PNNST over the Eaglemount area, bypassing the very dangerous State Highway 20, and connecting the current end of the Larry Scott Memorial Trail originating in Port Townsend to the segment of the ODT recently completed at the southern end of Discovery Bay.

  Finally there is, as always, the issue of funding of a project such as this.  The last state budget allocated $1,000,000 for the County to hire a consultant to determine the optimal route, acquire the properties needed on that route, and do some initial design work.  Additional grants will eventually be needed for construction, but that could be 2+ years off.  However, State Parks personnel have explained to us that grant matching donations are very important in persuading the Parks Commission to give priority status to a project.  We are not asking for matching fund donations at this time.  However, if you wish, you may make a donation to the PTC here:

  We very much appreciate your past support of the project to complete the multi-user ODT from Port Townsend to the Pacific Ocean at LaPush and hope that you can again step forward in support of this critical link in the project by signing the petition.  Thank you very much.

Jeff L Selby
Peninsula Trails Coalition