I find it telling that Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark, referenced in an AP story published by The Olympian on March 3, would find it appropriate to deny the Navy the use of state forest land for a seemingly innocuous exercise using radio signals for training pilots. A spokeswoman at Department of Natural Resources is quoted to say that using state lands this way “would adversely impact the diverse and complex uses(sic) that we’re mandated to manage on behalf of the public.” Wow.
If the Commissioner and his people could summon the same guts to address the trolls in the gun lobby that guide his agency, perhaps us neighbors to the State Capitol Forest could actually enjoy the outdoors and its diverse and complex nature without suffering the barrages of gun fire relentlessly echoing across the forest. Sadly, the commissioner, like many other elected officials, will bow, scrape, and flinch to the NRA and gun and ammo retailers when it comes to issues like regulating recreational shooting on state land. Meanwhile, we forest neighbors continue to exist next to this noisy, obnoxious, filthy, poisoned place called the State Capitol Forest.
For those tourists out cruising Thurston County’s new “Bountiful Byway,” don’t forget to don the Kevlar when passing through the forest by way of the Triangle Gravel (state sanctioned unregulated shooting) Pit.