The United States Navy, based at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, has proposed an Electronic Warfare Training Range on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. The Navy filed for permits with the United States Forest Services to allow mobile trailers with fixed electromagnetic emitters onto USFS land in the Olympic National Forest. The ground-based operation would be located alongside roads throughout the Olympic National Forest immediately adjacent to the Olympic National Park.

The EA-18 Growler Jets deployed from Whidbey Island Naval Base would fly over the populated city and tribal lands of the Northern Olympic Peninsula to the Pacific Coast. Their training mission would be to detect electromagnetic signals emitted from the fixed mobile emitter trailers.

The proposed area for Electromagnetic Warfare Training would encompass airspace over the land of the Olympic Peninsula and adjacent islands, and the surrounding Pacific Ocean, Salish Sea and Strait of Juan de Fuca waters. These designated areas are critical habitats for a variety of wildlife including threatened and endangered species. The Olympic Peninsula houses the last living rain forest on the continental United States. Designated as a UNESCO world heritage site, the old growth forests are the last quiet place in America.

The proposed use of United States Forest Service land would cause unannounced road and trail closures. Individuals hiking by foot would be notified by restricted caution tape placed by the US Navy around testing sites. The increased noise and air pollution from jet traffic would greatly impact the vibrant tourist economy of the region. The health of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State is vital. Thank you for joining us as we work together to protect the Olympic Peninsula.

 

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