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Preservation Groups Unite to Support Historic Structures in Olympic National Park

Preservation Groups Unite to Support Historic Structures
in Olympic National Park
Washington (June 15, 2016) — National, state and local preservation groups have recently
joined together to support the preservation of historic structures in Olympic National Park, a vast wilderness comprised of glacier-capped mountains, rain forests, and over 70 miles of Pacific coastline. Recently, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington ruled in favor of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation and the Friends of Olympic National Park joining litigation in support of the National Park Service’s authority to maintain the historic structures of Olympic National Park.

Following are statements from the preservation groups:
Brian Turner, senior field officer and attorney, National Trust for Historic Preservation:
“The precious few cabins, trail shelters and other rustic structures that remain within the
Olympic Wilderness provide an unobtrusive complement to the park’s natural beauty. They enrich visitors’ experience and provide a safe spot for backpackers of all ages to seek shelter during a storm, or to gaze upon the park’s stunning beauty. These structures also serve as a tangible link to the early history of the park, and the distinctive craftsmanship of that era. “In joining this lawsuit, we are asking the court to affirm the National Park Service’s authority to maintain and manage Olympic’s historic structures in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act and the Wilderness Act. These two laws are in the public interest and can and should be used in concert to guide the stewardship of all wilderness areas in the public domain, to ensure that future generations are able to experience the wealth of America’s natural and structural historic treasures.”

Chris Moore, executive director, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation:
“Olympic National Park is one of the most dramatic landscapes in Washington State. Amid its towering peaks and glacial fields are the last remnants of the places that led to the creation of the Park itself. The historic resources remaining in the backcountry remind Washingtonians of the legacy of the pioneering conservationists who made this cherished park a reality.”

Rod Farlee, vice-president, Friends of Olympic National Park:
“The shelters and cabin at the heart of this lawsuit embody the history of Olympic National Park’s trail system. They were built to support the original construction and maintenance of the trails, which led to widespread appreciation of the beauty and natural resources of the Olympics. We are joining this lawsuit to send a strong message of support to Park staff for their ongoing efforts to preserve this important part of the region’s legacy.”

About the Historic Structures of Olympic National Park
These shelters, including those built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression, are closely intertwined with the history of Olympic National Park itself. Originally constructed to support the creation and maintenance of trails in the early 20th century and to detect and fight forest fires, they enhanced recreational use and opened up the park to the public in a way never before possible. Published accounts of visitors who stayed in these shelters led to widespread appreciation of the beauty of the
Olympics, and ultimately to its preservation by U.S. Congress in 1938 as a national park and in 1988 as a wilderness. Only 18 of the original 90 shelters in Olympic Wilderness remain today. They are all eligible for or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Park Service should be encouraged to continue the ongoing maintenance of those remaining to ensure that the Park’s historic shelter system remains intact for all future visitors.

About the Lawsuit
Montana-based Wilderness Watch has sued the National Park Service, seeking the court-ordered removal of four trail shelters and a cabin from the park’s wilderness areas. But the preservation groups supporting NPS believe these rustic log shelters are in keeping with the primitive beauty of the park’s backcountry,visited by 40,000 annually. The preservation groups are represented pro bono by Elaine L. Spencer and David O. Bechtold of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP.

About the Specific Structures at Risk
Canyon Creek Shelter constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939 overlooking Sol Duc Falls. This is a T-shaped, one-story log building with a wood-shaked, cross-gabled roof set on a concrete foundation. This shelter is the only CCC-built shelter remaining in the Park of three built. It was listed on the National Register in April 2007 for its architectural significance and association with the CCC.
Elk Lake Shelter, 15 trail miles up the Hoh River, is a three-sided 14’ x 14’ log shelter with open front. Shelters at Elk Lake have offered refuge to climbers approaching Mt. Olympus since 1927. This shelter, a replacement built in 1963, represents the last variation of shelter design in the Park.
Wilder Shelter, 21 trail miles up the Elwha River, is a 12’ x 12’ three-sided solid log structure built in 1951 to accommodate backcountry visitors. It was listed on the National Register in 2008.
Botten Cabin, near Wilder, is an 11’ x 17’ log cabin with gabled roof built in 1928 featuring fine, hand-crafted, dovetail-notched corners. The cabin is actively used as an emergency shelter. It was listed on the National Register in April of 2007 for its architectural significance and association with recreational history in the park.
Bear Camp Shelter is a three-sided solid log structure 12’x16’ deep built in 1952. It is 16 trail miles up the Dosewallips River.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. | @savingplaces
About the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation
Established in 1976, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation preserves Washington’s historic places
through advocacy, education, collaboration, and stewardship. | @preservewa
About the Friends of Olympic National Park
Formed in 2001 with the mission of supporting Olympic National Park in preserving the Park’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of present and future generations.


Wissard Updates

Greetings from DAHP! Recently I gave a presentation with some information regarding where we are and where we are going with the Wisaard system. I also included some tips for filling out the HPI form and navigating through the Project module. There is a link to it here and you can also find it on the website! Happy reading!

Kim Gant



Call for Nominations – Timmy Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation

The Annual  J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation  honor and call attention to the preservation and restoration of America’s historic properties and to celebrate innovative redesign and usage of great buildings from our past. The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association is now accepting applications for this unique awards competition. Entries in each of the nine categories are judged on the basis of overall design and quality, interpretation and respect of historic elements, and market success.

The “Timmys” look for a wide variety of nominees proposed by a wide variety of people interested in American architecture, design and development.  If you would like to enter a deserving project, please submit an application by no later than Friday, July 29, 2016. The Timmy Awards have “gone green” by eliminating paper applications and will only accept digital applications through our online portal.

The 2016 “Timmys” will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Best Commercial/Retail/Non-Residential Project
  • Best Historic Rehab Utilizing LIHTCs – Small (Up to $10 million total development cost)
  • Best Historic Rehab Utilizing LIHTCs – Large (Over $10 million total development cost)
  • Best Historic Rehab Utilizing New Markets Tax Credits
  • Best Market-Rate / Mixed-Income Residential

Four special Judges Awards, drawn from the entire pool of applications, will be awarded for:

  • Most Advanced Financial Structure
  • Achievement in Sustainability
  • Most Innovative Adaptive Reuse
  • Best Historic Mill or Factory Rehabilitation

 More information about the “Timmy” Awards, the 2016 application round, as well as application instructions and Frequently-Asked-Questions can be found on NH&RA’s website at


Pints & Pours for Preservation (Historic Tour & Scavenger Hunt) June 11 – Spokane

Check in where the fun begins at Hills’ Restaurant & Lounge (after 2:30 pm Saturday).
401 W. Main Ave. Your hand stamp allows you to visit participating establishments in Downtown Spokane’s historic buildings to enjoy food and drink specials available only to participants as you look for scavenger hunt items & learn about Spokane’s rich history. Admission includes an event T-Shirt (while supplies last). At the closing event, 7:00 p.m.,  back at Hills’ Restaurant & Lounge, join up with your friends for the trivia contest, and enjoy the raffle for great prizes!!

Participating Venues: Gilded Unicorn, Hills’ Restaurant & Lounge, Left Bank Wine Bar, Nectar, Orlison Brewing Co, Patit Creek, Rain, Tamarack Public House, Sante, The Reserve, Durkins Steam Plant Brewing Company & More. Ride Spokane’s Party Trolley along the tour route, reserved exclusively for registrants.

June 11, 3-8 p.m. $20/advance; $25/door Must be 21. More Info: (509) 344-1065



Notice is hereby given that sealed bids will be received by the City of Lacey at City Hall, 420 College Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503 until 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 3, 2016, for the following work:

The City of Lacey is accepting proposals from qualified museum exhibit designers to design a traveling exhibit to celebrate Lacey’s 50th Anniversary. The city will be responsible for writing the text, selecting historic images and providing captions for the images. The exhibit designer may choose to include fabrication as part of their proposal, but is not required to do so.

The City of Lacey wasn’t officially incorporated until December 5, 1966. The City expects to debut this exhibit at its open house on December 5, 2016. It is expected the exhibit will travel in whole or in part to various venues for at least a year. The final destination will be the Lacey Museum where the panels will be used for many years to come.

The maximum project budget, including design, fabrication and traveling crate or packaging, is not to exceed $15,000. The exhibit designer must have at least a B.A. in history, art or related field, and a minimum of 5 years professional service designing and fabricating museum exhibits. Qualified experience may be substituted for the educational requirement.

The City of Lacey is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Minority and women-owned firms are encouraged to submit bids.

An informational packet is available upon request by emailing; downloading the information from the city’s website at, or by calling 360.413.3557 (Erin Quinn Valcho).



Olympia Preservation Month Activities

Activities Celebrating the Places of our Labor and Industrial History 

The Olympia Heritage Commission is teaming up with multiple partners to celebrate Preservation Month under the theme, “Labor in Olympia: This Place Matters.”  Part of a national campaign each May, Preservation Month recognizes the historic places that matter to communities all over the country.

The catalyst for choosing this year’s theme is the donation of a sculpture by local artist John Vanek to the City of Olympia. “Dignity in Labor,” gifted by the Thurston-Lewis-Mason County Central Labor Council, will be installed in front of the Labor Temple in the Olympia Downtown Historic District (119 Capitol Way N).

Join the Preservation Month partners for these free events highlighting the stories and places that reflect our region’s rich labor and industrial history:

  • Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:00 p.m., Three Magnets Brewing (600 Franklin St SE): Trivia night on State labor history (hosted by the Washington State Historical Society and Washington State Archives).
  • Saturday, May 21, 2016, 6:30 p.m., Labor Temple (119 Capitol Way N): “Dignity in Labor” sculpture dedication (hosted by the Olympia Arts Commission, Olympia Heritage Commission, and Thurston-Lewis-Mason County Central Labor Council).
  • Saturday, May 21, 2016, 7:00 p.m. in the Bandha Room, 3rd floor of the Labor Temple (119 Capitol Way N): Performance of “Hold the Fort: Stories and Songs of the Wobblies” by labor troubadour John O’Connor, featuring songs by Joe Hill, Ralph Chaplin and T-Bone Slim, as well as his own original music (hosted by the Thurston-Lewis-Mason County Central Labor Council).
  • Monday, May 23, 2016, 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the Schmidt House (330 Schmidt Place SW): Panel discussion by Don Trosper and Drew Crooks: “Views on South Sound Industry: Two presentations on the working worlds of the Olympia Brewing Company and the artist Edward Lange” (hosted by the Olympia Tumwater Foundation).
  • Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:30 a.m., New Caldonia Building (116 5th Avenue SE): Downtown Academy: Illustrated talk on labor and industry in Downtown Olympia by Ben Helle (Washington State Archives & Olympia Heritage Commission) and Michelle Sadlier (City of Olympia) (hosted by the Olympia Downtown Association). RSVP at

In addition to these events, details on a self-guided walking tour produced by the Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum will be available at all events. The public is also invited to an ongoing exhibit of historical photos in the City Hall second floor lobby (601 4th Avenue E) and other locations Downtown starting May 30, 2016.

Michelle Sadlier, Olympia Historic Preservation Officer


CLG Grant Applicant Presentation Meeting June 1, 2016

The public is invited to attend a meeting for the Certified Local Government Grant program on June 1, 2016 at the DAHP offices in Olympia. DAHP received 16 applications for FY 2017 and presentations will be made by the applicants. DAHP is required to grant a minimum of 10% of our federal Historic Preservation Fund allocation each year to Certified Local Governments.For more about the program see here.

The first presentation will be at 9:00 am and the final presentation will be at 2:40 pm. We will meet in the DAHP conference room at 1110 Capitol Way South in Olympia.

Questions? Contact Kim Gant at or 360-586-3074.



2016 Joint APA-PAW Awards – Call for Nominations

2016 Joint Awards Program

Sponsored by:
The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Planning Association of Washington

Call for Nominations

The Planning Association of Washington (PAW) and the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Washington) are pleased to announce the 2016 Awards Program.

For the 30th year, the associations will jointly honor outstanding contributions to the field of planning in Washington state. The awards program is designed to bring public attention and deserved recognition to public and private sector planning efforts, as well as student projects in university planning programs.  Our joint award program goals include:

  •  Recognize exemplary planning efforts in Washington (projects must be located within the state)
  •  Promote superior quality planning in government and the private sector
  •  Increase public awareness of the role of PAW and APA in planning in the state

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, June 17, 2016

Awards will be presented at the 2016 APA Joint WA-OR Fall Conference
October 26-28 in Portland, OR

Click Here for More Information

Click Here for the Submittal Form

Email your submittal to the APA-PAW Joint Planning Awards Committee at:

Let’s Celebrate Successful Planning and Showcase your Projects!

2016 award winners will have their projects/plans featured in The Western Planner Magazine, the Washington Chapter of the APA Newsletter and in APA Washington’s Planning Commissioner quarterly newsletter.

If you have any questions about the awards process, please contact either of the Committee Co-Chairs, Lloyd Skinner and Steve Pilcher. Their contact information is contained in the nomination instructions.