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North Olympic Group

The North Olympic Group was organized in 2010 and has quickly become a powerful voice for protecting the Peninsula's ecosystem. We have 850 members in Clallam and Jefferson counties. Our operations are governed by seven volunteers with lots of help by our conservation committees. We have no paid staff. Meetings are generally held on the second Thursday of each month. All Sierra Club members are welcome (in fact encouraged) to attend. Since the locations change, it is best to contact one of the ExCom members to find the location of the next meeting.

 

 

Upcoming Meetings:

Next Executive Committee Meeting:  The North Olympic Group Executive Committee meeting will be held Thursday, July 10, 1:00 PM at the Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave. All Sierra Club members are welcome. Contact Monica Fletcher for details.

Click here to read our May - June Newsletter.

Announcement! Check out the North Olympic Group's new Meetup site for the latest on planned outings and events. Click here to join.

Outings:

July 13th, Sunrise Ridge offers wildflowers in profusion and the same spectacular views as Hurricane Hill but without the asphalt and crowds. This is a moderate hike of 5-6 miles with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet and Olympian vistas from its highest point of 5,500 feet. We'll aim to get an early start to see deer, bear, coyote and other wildlife. The trail is filled with wildflowers that grow in profusion, from magenta paintbrush to spreading phlox, penstemon, lupine, and larkspur. Bring sunscreen, broken in hiking shoes, water and lunch. If people are interested we can leave some cars at the Swithback trailhead parking lot which would give us the option of further exploring Klahhane Ridge before returning.Note: this hike replaces the originally scheduled Grand Valley/Obstruction Peak hike. For details, contact Peter Guerrero at exploreolympics@gmail.com.

August 23rd, South Quinault Ridge/West Fork Humptulips River - 10 miles moderate, but requires numerous fords of the Humptulips: Help Save This Spectacular Olympic Wilderness: This remarkable area is home to one of the most extensive blocks of ancient rain forest not already protected by wilderness designation in the lower 48 states. Huge Douglas fir, Sitka spruce and western red cedar trees are numerous, sometimes topping out at 300 feet and supporting girths of nine feet or more. This is the second hike showcasing the importance of the Wild Olympics proposal. Located on the west side of the Peninsula, participants may wish to spend the weekend at the historic Quinault Lodge or to camp at nearby Park Service campgrounds. For details, contact Peter Guerrero at exploreolympics@gmail.com.,

North Olympic Group Officers:

Chair: Monica Fletcher

Vice Chair: Robert Sextro

Secretary: Bill Volmut

Treasurer: Monica Fletcher

Executive Committee:

Norm Baker, Monica Fletcher, Peter Guerrero, Darlene Schanfald, Robert Sextro, Bill Volmut

Newsletter and Membership: Janet Marx

Site Content: Mary Porter-Solberg

News:

Wild Olympics - Protecting our Ancient Forests and Rivers for Future Generations

On January 17th, 2013 Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Derek Kilmer introduced historic legislation to establish new Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River protections on the Olympic Peninsula. If passed, the bill would protect the first new Wilderness designations (more than 126,000 acres ) on Olympic National Forest in nearly 30 years and the first ever Wild and Scenic River designations (for 19 rivers and their tributaries constituting 464 miles of river) on the Olympic Peninsula. To learn more, visit the Wild Olympics website or visit their Facebook page.