About Us

Olympic Park Associates is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit citizens conservation organization working to protect the beauty, integrity and biological diversity of Olympic National Park and the Olympic ecosystem.

 

OPA was founded in 1948 to defend the Park against attacks on its spectacular old-growth rain forest valleys. Seven decades later, we continue to work doggedly for increased protection for the Olympics.

 

If you share with us a passion for Olympic National Park, a concern for the Park’s future, and a vision that Olympic National Park should always be a wild, natural and ecologically diverse place, we invite you to join Olympic Park Associates.

 

As a member you will receive our newsletter, Voice of the Wild Olympics, and special mailings alerting you to issues and actions impacting the Park. Most importantly, you will be supporting an all-volunteer, grassroots organization dedicated to preserving Olympic National Park “for the benefit and enjoyment of the people” of present and future generations. To join, click here.

 

Our History

OPA was founded in 1948 when conservationists who helped create Olympic National Park regrouped to fend off timber industry efforts to remove the park’s spectacular rainforest valleys. OPA rallied again in the 1950s and ’60s to successfully defend the park’s incomparable lowland forests.

 

We lobbied to add the Olympic coastal strip and Queets corridor to the park in the 1950s and organized a national effort to stop the “salvage logging” of Olympic’s forests. OPA organized two hikes led by U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas to turn back efforts to build a highway along the Olympic coast, and we led the effort to add Shi Shi Beach and Lake Ozette to the park in the 1970s.

 

During the following decade OPA was successful in gaining permanent wilderness protection for nearly 100,000 acres of spectacular wildlands in Olympic National Forest and over 95 percent of Olympic National Park. We defeated proposals for hydroelectric dams on the Dosewallips and Duckabush rivers, and in 1992 helped pass the Elwha River Ecosystem Restoration Act which resulted in the removal of two salmon-blocking dams on the Elwha River, the park’s largest watershed. Two years later, we helped create the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. More recently we succeeded in banning noisy jet skis from Lake Crescent, halted air-lifting new shelters into remote locations in park wilderness, and helped guide development of the park’s 2008 general management plan.

 

As part of the Wild Olympics coalition, we worked to introduce bills in Congress in 2012 that would designate 126,000 acres of wilderness and 19 wild and scenic rivers in Olympic National Forest.


Board of Trustees

President: Donna Osseward, Seattle
Vice President: Tim McNulty, Sequim
Secretary: John Bridge, Sequim
Treasurer: Tom Bihn, Winthrop
Llyn De Danaan, Oyster Bay
Polly Dyer, Seattle
David Friedman, Seattle
Ben Greuel, Seattle
Daniel Lieberman, Port Angeles
Bruce Moorhead, Port Angeles
Paul Robisch, Seattle
Shelley Spalding, Elma
Sally Soest, Seattle
John Woolley, Sequim

 

Advisory Board Members

Paul Crawford, Santa Barbara
Ron Good, Sacramento
Randall Payne, Renton
Mary Peck, Santa Fe
Rick Rutz, Seattle
Jim Scarborough, Bellingham
Norman Winn, Seattle

 

Membership Chair

Paul Robisch
PO Box 27560, Seattle, WA 98165-2560

 

Newsletter Editor

Sally W. Soest
725 9th Ave., #1407 Seattle, WA 98104

 

Webmaster

Alex Bradley, Port Townsend