President Barack Obama signed Senate Bill 3028, the "Daniel J. Evans Olympic National Park Wilderness Act," which re-designates the 1,370 square miles Olympic Wilderness in the State of Washington as the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness. Comprising more than 95% of Olympic National Park, it is the largest wilderness area in the State of Washington.
The designation honors the former member of the Washington State House of Representatives, former three-term governor and U.S. Senator and former president of The Evergreen State College. The bill, and a companion bill in the House, were supported by the state’s entire Congressional delegation.
“This recognition is appropriate and welcomed,” said Evans School Dean Sandra O. Archibald. “Conservation is prominent among Dan’s moral values, something that was evident during his leadership as governor when unprecedented legislation was passed to protect endangered lands and to produce cleaner air and water.”
As governor, Evans created the nation’s first Department of Ecology, which preceded the nation’s Environmental Protection Agency.
The Evans School was established in 1962 as one of the nation’s first schools of public policy at a public university. Formerly known as the Graduate School of Public Affairs, the Evans School was renamed in 2000 to honor Evans. In 2015 the school was renamed the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy & Governance to reflect the school's intellectual and practical contributions to the fields of policy design and public leadership.