Olympic National Park's population of nonnative mountain goats has grown past 600 animals and could increase by 45 percent over the next five years if current reproduction trends continue and no efforts are made to blunt the population, according to a report from the U.S. Geological Survey.
Olympic National Park
"Wilderness ethics" received far more support than emotional ties in public comments on what to do with the Enchanted Valley Chalet that stands in designated wilderness in Olympic National Park, with most people calling on the National Park Service to remove the historic structure.
A stormy forecast for the rest of the week has Olympic National Park staff in Washington state shutting down some roads and campgrounds as a precaution, while visitors to Mount Rainier National Park were warned to expect blizzard conditions and heavy snows. With a series of powerful storms forecast to begin later today, Olympic officials warned that high winds and very heavy rain were anticipated, raising the risk of falling trees and limbs, flooding and road damage.
Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been working this week to remove hazardous debris and improve fish passage conditions at Elwha and Glines Canyon dam sites in and near Olympic National Park in Washington state.
Fisheries biologists monitoring restoration of the Elwha River and ecosystem in Olympic National Park recently confirmed that adult Chinook salmon, sockeye salmon, steelhead, and bull trout have all passed upstream through both the former Elwha and Glines Canyon dam sites to reach the upper Elwha River.
A body washed ashore at Olympic National Park might be that of a 74-year-old Washington man who went missing in a boating accident on August 18, though an exact identification has yet to be made, park officials said Thursday.
Two million dollars to help remove 500 tons of debris at Point Reyes National Seashore. Twenty-three-million dollars committed for land acquisition at Grand Teton National Park. Another $2 million to help open Stonewall National Monument.
A bike ride is coming this weekend to Olympic National Park, where cyclists have a chance to ride the Hurricane Ridge Road from the Heart O' The Hills entrance station to the top of Hurricane Ridge.
A $2 million gift from philanthropists Mike and Sue Raney will serve the dual purpose of restoring two iconic backpacking trails in Washington state while creating jobs and training for youths and recent veterans.
The road to the Elwha Valley in Washington’s Olympic National Park will be closed for two months starting Monday as crews repair damage from a string of floods last winter.