The sounds of chainsaws tearing through trees resounded across Olympic National Park on Sunday as crews worked to clear numerous downed trees so they could reopen park entrance roads and campgrounds, make damage assessments, and begin repairs in the wake of a powerful wind storm.
While California's struggles with drought are national news, other states are having troubles, too. At Olympic National Park in Washington, the drought has led to officials announcing an emergency closure of recreational fishing on most rivers and streams within the park beginning today.
If you're planning to visit Olympic National Park on August 2, don't plan to head up to Hurricane Ridge in your vehicle before noon. That's because the "Ride the Hurricane" group bike ride has led to the road's closure to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. to noon.
A split appellate court has upheld the National Park Service's immunity in a case from Olympic National Park where a hiker was fatally gored by an aggressive mountain goat, though the dissenting judge thought the Park Service had been negligent in not killing the "a horned animal bigger than an NFL lineman" before the goring and so was not immune.
Making fall plans to visit Olympic National Park in Washington state? Be forewarned that the Elwha Valley’s Olympic Hot Springs Road will close at the park's boundary for about one month beginning September 8.