Washington State Delegation Introduce Bill to Name Olympic National Park Wilderness in Honor of Former Washington Governor and Senator Dan Evans

Jun 8, 2016 Issues: Environment

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) along with his colleagues Reps. Dave Reichert (WA-08), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Dan Newhouse (WA-04), Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Dennis Heck (WA-10), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Jim McDermott (WA-07), and Adam Smith (WA-09) introduced H.R. 5397, a bill to rename the Olympic Wilderness within Olympic National Park as the “Daniel J. Evans Wilderness,” in honor of former Washington Governor and Senator Dan Evans.

Dan Evans served the state of Washington for more than 50 years, including service as a state legislator, Governor and United States Senator. During his time in the U.S. Senate, Evans was the lead sponsor of the Washington Park Wilderness Act of 1988 which designated over 1.5 million acres of wilderness areas in Washington, including 877,000 acres within Olympic National Park as “the Olympic Wilderness.”

The Washington State Delegation released the following statement after introducing the bill:

“As a conservationist and an outdoor recreationalist, Sen. Dan Evans understands the importance of protecting Washington State’s natural treasures so they can be enjoyed by future generations. Throughout his distinguished career, he worked tirelessly to preserve our state’s national parks and forests and played a critical role in the passage of the 1984 and 1988 Washington Wilderness Acts. It is only fitting that the name of the Olympic National Park wilderness recognizes the efforts of the man who fought so hard to preserve it.”

Washington State Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray introduced identical companion legislation in the U.S. Senate.