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Daniel J. Evans Wilderness

Posted on Jun 4, 2024 in Washington's Wilderness Areas

Washington’s largest, and one of the country’s most diverse, the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness serves to protect diminishing herds of Roosevelt Elk, disappearing old-growth forests, and the grandeur of the Olympic Mountains and Pacific coast. Just over 600 miles of trails lead into the interior of the park with 48 miles of Wilderness coastline boasting vast beaches, rugged headlands, tide pools teeming with life, towering seastacks, and lush coastal rainforest.  

Designated by the Washington Parks Wilderness Act, introduced by Senator Daniel J. Evans (WA-R) in March 1988. With broad support, the act was quickly passed and signed into law later that year, protecting more than 1.7 million acres in Washington’s three national parks as Wilderness. While the Wilderness was originally named the Olympic Wilderness, in 2016 it was renamed the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness in honor of Evans, a longtime public lands advocate as both governor of Washington from 1965 to 1977 and a member of the United States Senate from 1983 to 1989.  

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