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Discover the Peninsula through a new looking glass – the Olympic Peninsula Waterfall Trail!

August 14, 2009, 6:40 am
The Trail is diverse, and takes a wide variety of transportation modes, from paved, wheelchair accessible pathways, Forest Service roads, Scenic Byway and forested trails. One falls is reached only from the river in a kayak or a raft, another is seen from a boat in saltwater. Still several others are in the ...

Help arrives to help battle Olympic National Park fires

August 4, 2009, 10:47 am
Three large fires and two smaller blazes -- all ignited by lightning -- continue to burn in the Olympic National Park as reinforcements come in from elsewhere in the country to help control the flames.Two of the fires -- the Constance fire, which has consumed 442 acres of forest ...

Shi Shi Beach offers stunning camping, hiking

July 28, 2009, 7:57 am
Nestled in the northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula, Shi Shi Beach is a jaw-dropping part of the state -- where forested bluffs, tangy salt air and majestic stacks rising from the ocean are dizzying reminders of nature's bounty in this part of the world.You'll forget the logistical hassles ...

Funds help Olympic National Park keep animal watch

July 28, 2009, 7:27 am
A new citizen scientist program will recruit volunteers to hike, camp and observe marmots in Olympic National Park next year.The program, funded with $26,300 from Washington's National Park fund, will help scientists know why the animals are seeing a population decline, Eleanor B. Kittelson, the fund's executive director, told ...

Lower Elwha hatchery construction to begin in the fall

June 29, 2009, 8:24 am
The National Park Service plans to begin this fall the construction of the Lower Elwha Fish Hatchery, a necessary step toward the removal of two dams on the Elwha River.The park service announced last week that it is soliciting proposals from contractors for the hatchery planned on the Lower ...

Book captures drama of Olympic National Park

June 26, 2009, 7:17 am
The book is not what you might dread. Olympic National Park: A Natural History by Sequim poet and nature writer Tim McNulty delves into global warming and an ecosystem filled with fragile life forms, but it is far from a dry, dreary tome. No, the book -- a sweeping update of ...

Vampire spotting at Olympic National Park

June 23, 2009, 10:50 am
Park rangers say 30 percent of visitors are wide-eyed Twilight fans.Taking literature a little too literally? The New York Times reported yesterday that national park visitation is up—way up—this summer (some parks have seen a 30 percent jump in campground bookings). But don't assume that frugal families looking for cheap vacations in ...

Olympic National Park Introduces New Bear Canister Requirements

June 18, 2009, 12:47 pm
With snow melting rapidly in the park’s high country and people gearing up for summer hikes, Olympic National Park staff reminds hikers and backpackers to be prepared for safe food storage in the Olympic National Park wilderness. Many of the park’s popular backpacking destinations are also frequented by ...

Olympic National Park Biologists Verify First Fishers Born in Washington Since Reintroduction Began

May 29, 2009, 6:50 am
Biologists have confirmed the first fishers born in Washington since the animals, members of the weasel family, were reintroduced to the state two years ago.Photographs taken last weekend from a camera placed deep in the park show a female fisher carrying four kits down a large ...

Take a Walk on the West Side

January 15, 2009, 8:06 am
It was a bright, sunny morning when my wife, children and I stepped onto Ruby Beach. The sun cast shadows on the large rocks that rose out of the ocean’s edge, rubbed smooth by the endless ...

More Fishers Released in ONP

December 23, 2008, 6:54 am
Despite the snow and cold, biologists reintroduced 14 fishers Sunday within the Elwha and Sol Duc valleys of Olympic National Park. State and federal biologists, along with several members of the public, released the animals and watched them as they bounded into the snowy ...

More Fishers to Be Released into Olympic National Park on Sunday

December 22, 2008, 2:05 pm
About 15 fishers will be released into Olympic National Park on Sunday as part of a reintroduction of the species to the area, which began early this year. About five of the cat-sized animals will be released into three areas of the park: the Elwah, Sol Duc and Hoh River ...

Restoration of Native Mammal Continues in Olympic National Park as Biologists Prepare to Reintroduce 15 Fishers This Weekend

December 19, 2008, 8:46 am
At least 15 fishers will be released at remote sites within the Elwha, Sol Duc and Hoh valleys of Olympic National Park this weekend, adding to the fisher population that was reintroduced last winter and moving closer to the goal of establishing an initial population of 100 ...

Tourists Bite on ‘Twilight’ Vampire Tours of Forks, Washington

December 2, 2008, 9:59 am
Fans of the hit movie “Twilight,” inspired by Stephenie Meyer’s vampire series, are swarming tiny Forks on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, where the novels are set, and checking out “Twilight”-themed tours, hotel packages and even ...

The Spotted Owl Disappearing Act

December 2, 2008, 9:16 am
Scott Gremel makes his way swiftly and surely up the steep trail, across a frigid stream, through the colossal stands of hemlock and Douglas fir. On the ridgeline, thousands of feet above where he left his truck on the valley floor, Gremel points the antenna on his tracking device toward ...