Comments Sought on Olympic National Park Fire Plan

The National Park Service invites the public to review and comment on a revised Wildland Fire Management Plan (FMP) for Olympic National Park.

The proposed alternatives can be reviewed at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/OLYMFMPEA. The park’s purpose in taking action is to update the FMP in order to meet the most current National Park Service and federal policies. The need for taking action is to have a plan that provides park managers the most current direction and guidance to assist with informed decision-making related to wildland fire activities.

The NPS proposes two alternatives for examination in the EA. The no action alternative would maintain the current strategy as outlined in the 2005 FMP. Alternative B (the preferred alternative) would provide updates to the FMP that would:

  • bring the FMP into conformance with current NPS wildland fire policy directives and standards;
  • provide the park with the flexibility to manage fire in accordance with current federal wildland fire management policies and guidance adopted since the publication of the 2005 FMP;
  • improve overall management of planned and unplanned ignitions, and non-fire fuel treatments to reflect wildfire experiences of the past decade; and
  • fully acknowledge wildfire as an ecological process within the park.

A series of public meetings are scheduled for April and the public is invited to participate.  The next meeting is Wednesday, April 10, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the USFS Quilcene Ranger Station, 295142 Highway 101 South in Quilcene.

At the meeting, there will be an open house where staff will be present to answer questions.

Comments can be submitted electronically at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/OLYMFMPEA until April 24 at midnight MDT. Comments will also be accepted during scheduled public meetings or can be mailed or hand-delivered to: Superintendent, Olympic National Park – FMP EA, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362.

Comments submitted by phone or email will not be accepted. Comments submitted by individuals or organizations on behalf of other individuals or organizations also will not be accepted.