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February 21, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Sen. Patty Murry plans to reintroduce Wild Olympics bill

The Hoh River trail in Olympic National Park winds through mossy forest and skirts the river. Sen. Patty Murray’s reintroduction of legislation would expand the wilderness area in Olympic National Forest by about 200 square miles, creating a buffer around Olympic National Park. KRISTIN JACKSON / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Natural beauty should be protected

I was encouraged to see the news report that Sen. Patty Murray plans to reintroduce her Wild Olympics legislation once again [“Murray seeks to expand wild lands,” NWWednesday, Feb. 13].

As a photographer, I have spent countless hours capturing images of old-growth forests and cascading rivers on the Olympic National Forest like those this legislation would permanently protect.

The reason I am so passionate about these places is not because I grew up here. Rather, it is because I fell in love with the Olympic Peninsula 13 years ago on a trip with my family. 10 years later we moved from Boston to this corner of the country, like many others have. The draw was pristine forest and rivers of the Wild Olympics.

During my time here, many others have come to Washington state to live work and play as I did. It seems the least we can do to protect the reason that brought them here.

–John Abromowski, Kingsto

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