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Playing Nice in the Sandbox: Making Room for Historic Structures in Olympic National Park

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dc.contributor.author Chellis, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-28T14:43:53Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-28T14:43:53Z
dc.date.issued 2017-06
dc.identifier.citation 7 Wash. J. Env. Law & Pol'y 35 (2017) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2160-4169
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1698
dc.description Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Volume 7, issue 1, June 2017 en_US
dc.description.abstract Christopher Chellis, 2017 JD Candidate at Willamette University College of Law. This Article was researched and written under the supervision and guidance of Professor Jeffrey C. Dobbins, Associate Professor of Law at Willamette University College of Law and Executive Director of the Oregon Law Commission. ABSTRACT: As ambitious as it is at times challenging to meaningfully apply, the Wilderness Act purports to secure for the American people of present and future generations the benefits of an enduring resource of wilderness. Interest groups often seek to extract from the Act a meaning of wilderness that comports with whatever interest they wish to secure for themselves and their members, and their interests often conflict with each other. These conflicts can turn national parks into sandboxes where interest groups draw lines and ask the National Park Service to pick a side. The losing party inevitably looks to a judge who, in her infinite wisdom, will surely see that wilderness means exactly what the party knows it means. Injunction in hand, the now-prevailing party’s favored use will flourish and all will be right in the world, or at least in wilderness. A microcosm of litigation over competing uses nationally, Olympic National Park in Washington State has played host to its fair share of sandbox showdowns, the presence of historic structures in the park eliciting perhaps the most wide-ranging response from interest groups. This Article examines arguments from those seeking to preserve these structures and those seeking to remove them, and suggests a reading of the Act and its Washington State counterpart that comports with legislative intent. en_US
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dc.publisher Seattle, WA: University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Article en_US
dc.title Playing Nice in the Sandbox: Making Room for Historic Structures in Olympic National Park en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2017 by Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. en_US

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