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Originally published Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 8:54 AM

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Sen. Murray to reintroduce Wild Olympics bill

Sen. Patty Murray plans to reintroduce Wild Olympics legislation that died in the last session of Congress.

The Associated Press

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PORT ANGELES, Wash. —

Sen. Patty Murray plans to reintroduce Wild Olympics legislation that died in the last session of Congress.

Spokesman Sean Colt told the Peninsula Daily News ( http://bit.ly/VdElCU) Murray has worked to balance conservation and jobs.

The legislation would expand the wilderness area in the Olympic National Forest by about 200 square miles, creating a buffer around Olympic National Park. The legislation also would put 19 rivers under Wild and Scenic River protections.

The legislation is supported by the Quilcene-based Wild Olympics Campaign and opposed by the North Olympic Timber Action Committee.

New Rep. Derek Kilmer of Gig Harbor, who replaced bill co-sponsor Norm Dicks in Congress, has not yet taken a position on the latest Wild Olympics legislation.

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Information from: Peninsula Daily News, http://www.peninsuladailynews.com

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