Olympic National Park

Essential Paddling Guide '15: 10 Great Whitewater Paddles In The National Parks

There are a lot of whitewater runs in the National Park System just waiting for you out there. Some for experts, others intermediates, and a few that will help a novice gain confidence.

Elwha River Restoration At Olympic National Park Offers Scientists Front-Row Seat To Nature At Work

While cranes and other heavy equipment were the most visible tools used to dismantle dams holding back Olympic National Park's Elwha River, nature itself has proved to be a mighty force in aiding the restoration of the rivershed from mountains to ocean.

Official Numbers Point To 2014 As Record-Setting Year For National Park Attendance

2014 was a record-setting year for attendance in the National Park System, where nearly 293 million visitors spent time, a jump of more than 5 million from the record year of 1999, according to official figures. While most of the "name brand" parks were packed, there were still some sites in the system where you could find some solitude.

2nd Annual Essential Guide To Paddling The Parks

Flat water. Whitewater. Tranquil pools and rising tides. All this and more abounds in the National Park System’s water world. Though often described as “more than 84 million acres” of landscape, the system also embraces endless miles of streams, lakeshore, and ocean front. It’s a watery landscape you can explore for half-a-day, or for the rest of your life.

Body Of Hiker Missing In Olympic National Park Found

The body of a Washington man who went missing in Olympic National Park just before Christmas has been found and recovered.

Search Suspended For Man Missing In Olympic National Park

At the end of the day, after five days of fruitless searching, Olympic National Park rangers had no leads to follow to find Jim Griffin.

Books We Read In 2014, And Which You Might Like

Despite all the electronic gadetry that allows you to consume media, hard-bound and paperback books continue to hold a considerable marketshare. And more than a few of those titles have something to do with national parks. We read as much as we could this year, and came away with the following reviews for your consideration.

Wilderness Defender: Carsten Lien And The Writing Of Olympic Battleground

A prominent figure of Seattle, Washington, Carsten Lien grounded his career in business and government with a love for Olympic National Park. Alfred Runte recounts how Lien fought to save the park after observing that it had been logged. The result was a history of the park disclosing the controversy of saving old-growth forests from the Park Service itself. The book is again available as Olympic Battleground: Creating and Defending Olympic National Park. Second edition, reissued.

"To Conserve Unimpaired...", Unless Told Otherwise By Congress

Students of National Park Service history are well-familiar with the National Park Service Organic Act, particularly the section of it that reads that the agency's primary mandate is, "....to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein..." But there should be a caveat inserted, one that permits the agency to look away from that mandate.

Exploring The Parks: Olympic National Park In Time-Lapse

Though only about 4 minutes long, this video took Will and Jim Pattiz a month to film. They chose Olympic National Park because of it’s incredibly rich diversity - glacial mountain peaks, lush rain forests, alpine meadows, high-altitude lakes, wild rivers, wilderness coast, and teeming wildlife were all the excuse they needed.

Op-Ed|The National Park Service And Wilderness: 50 Years Of Neglect

After 50 years, you would expect that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), which administers the largest inventory of wilderness in the world, would have the best wilderness management program in the world. But, you would be very wrong.

Another Down Year For Razor Clams At Olympic National Park

For the fourth year in a row there will be no public razor clam harvest at Kalaloch in Olympic National Park in Washington state due to declining populations of the shellfish.

Around The Parks: Enchanted Chalet Moved, Shenandoah Science, Park After Dark

Take a look around the National Park System and you'll see historic buildings being moved, citizen science at work, and a wonderful evening gathering around a historical park.

Essential Fall Guide '14: Sweating The Trail Details In National Parks, No. 1

Floods. Windstorms that down trees. Wildfires. Millions of feet. Hiking trails take a pounding from all these things. And while the paths are the responsibility of the National Park Service, the agency often lacks money and staff to tackle all but the most pressing needs. That’s where national park friends groups come into play with their financial resources and, at times, volunteers.

UPDATE: Missing Hiker Walks Out Of Olympic National Park Backcountry

A backpacker missing in Olympic National Park since Thursday turned up Monday morning in good condition.

Search Underway For Missing Hiker At Olympic National Park

A search is ongoing for a hiker overdue in the backcountry of Olympic National Park in Washington state.

Volunteer Labor At Olympic National Park And Outsourcing Ranger Tours At Cumberland Island National Seashore

National parks, strapped for funding, are turning more to volunteer labor and outsourcing jobs previously conducted by rangers to make ends meet.

Olympic National Park Visitor Scratched By Bat, Getting Treated For Rabies As A Precaution

A 59-year-old Washington state man is undergoing rabies prevention treatment after being scratched by a bat in front of Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park earlier this month.

Olympic National Park Rangers To Guide Hikes Along Elwha River As Restoration Continues

As the dynamic restoration of the Elwha River drainage in Olympic National Park continues in the wake of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams being dismantled, the opportunity to see the landscape's renewal first-hand arrives on Tuesday, when the first of a small number of ranger-led hikes into the drainage will be offered.

Contract Issued To Move Enchanted Valley Chalet At Olympic National Park

The Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park soon will be on the move, to a location a bit farther away from the East Fork Quinault River that has been slowly eating away the ground beneath the historic log building.

Want To Improve Your National Park Photography? Catch This Webcast From The Parks

National park photography classes will take a big step forward in late August when Ian Shive, an award-winning photographer and author of The National Parks: Our American Landscape, conducts a live class over the Internet from Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks.

Olympic National Park Gets Approval To Move Enchanted Valley Chalet...But How?

Olympic National Park officials have received approval to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet away from the East Fork Quinault River, and will try to accomplish that before fall.

Olympic National Park Working On Long-Range Mountain Goat Management Plan

Mountain goats are spectacular animals, even iconic in places such as Glacier National Park, but they can cause problems in parks where they don't belong. At Olympic National Park, where a 1920s era introduction project brought non-native goats into the landscape, officials are embarking on a management plan for how to deal with the animals. Adding weight to the need for such a plan was the fatal goring of a hiker in the park four years ago.

On The Road To Three National Park Jewels In The Pacific Northwest

Washington state’s Puget Sound is a forested metropolis, braided with inlets and bays and ringed by steep, glacier-clad peaks. On the west skyline, the stately, wet Olympic Mountains grab moisture from the ocean clouds to nurture the temperate rain forest of Olympic National Park. To the east the queen-mother’s throne, nearly three-mile-high Mount Rainier, holds court on clear days in its namesake park.

Mountain Goat Studies Continuing At Glacier National Park

Stylish collars and perhaps a splash of paint will mark some mountain goats this summer at Glacier National Park in Montana, where an ongoing study of the animals is moving into its second year.

Olympic National Park Officials Propose Temporary Salvation For Enchanted Valley Chalet

Olympic National Park officials are proposing to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet up to 100 feet from the East Fork of the Quinault River to both protect the historic structure from collapsing and to prevent impacts to the riverbed and its hydrology and fishery.

National Park Service Key Player In Nurturing Tomorrow's Park Interpreters, Naturalists

Hoh Rain Forest ranger program/Kurt Repanshek
Reaching into his daypack, the ranger pulled out a banana slug. Not a real one, but a stuffed animal version, a perfect prop to explain just exactly what banana slugs were to the youngsters in his audience here in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park.

Maintenance Work Will Close Hurricane Ridge Road At Olympic National Park Overnights Through Early June

Work is scheduled to begin next week to install 12 miles of fiber optic cable along the Hurricane Ridge Road at Olympic National Park. To do so, the road will be closed overnight most weekdays through June 5.

At Olympic National Park, How Would You Improve The Log Cabin Resort?

For many, the Log Cabin Resort at Olympic National Park is not their first lodging choice. But park officials hope to change that with an improvement plan for the Lake Crescent resort. And they're interested in hearing your suggestions.

Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley Chalet Put On Washington Trust For Historic Preservation's Most Endangered List

The premium placed on saving the Enchanted Valley Chalet in the backcountry of Olympic National Park has gained more stature with the decision by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to list the building on its most endangered list for 2014.
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