Olympic National Park

National Park Quiz 85: Trees

True to its title, this quiz tests your knowledge of trees in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: " Quantified Tree Risk Assessment provides a framework for assessing the three components of tree-failure risk; probability of failure, impact potential, and target value."

Angler Cited For Keeping Bull Trout Caught in Olympic National Park

An angler who caught, and kept, a bull trout in Olympic National Park has been cited for the catch, according to National Park Service officials.

Reader Participation Day: Visit Wyoming's National Parks, or Those in Washington State?

It was quite a battle last week when we asked whether you would rather visit Utah's national parks or those in California. Well, here's another head-scratcher: Would you first head to Wyoming and Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, or Washington State with Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier national parks?

Hoh Rain Forest Visitors In Olympic National Park Cautioned Against Elk

While most visitor interactions with wildlife in national parks seem to revolve around bears, officials in Olympic National Park are urging visitors to the Hoh Rainforest to be cautious about the resident elk.

Fundraisers Funnel Nearly $300,000 to Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier National Parks

Thanks to a series of fundraisers held by Washington's National Park Fund, nearly $300,000 is being funneled to Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades national parks for projects in the parks.

Boulder Creek Trail in Olympic National Park To Be Closed for Rehab Work

Good news, bad news out of Olympic National Park. The good news is that crews will begin rehab work on the Boulder Creek Trail in August. The bad news is that a section of the trail will be closed for a couple months.

ReserveAmerica Can't Find a National Park Campground It Likes

ReserveAmerica, the company that manages camping reservations for the National Park System and other federal agencies, can't seem to find a national park campground it likes. In listing its "Top 100 Family Campgrounds," the company doesn't cite a single national park campground.
Dream Hikes Coast to Coast: Your Guide to America In Dream Hikes Coast to Coast author Jack Bennett has done something more than a few folks would like to do: Head out on some great hikes, and then write about them. In assembling his hiking list, he took an approach that is both laudable...and disappointing.

List of Top 10 Endangered Rivers Includes Two That Flow Through The National Park System

American Rivers came out there other day with its top 10 list of endangered rivers, and No. 1 was the Upper Delaware, which flows through the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. No. 3 also falls in the National Park System, the Gauley River around which the Gauley River National Recreation Area rises up from.

Road Work In Olympic National Park Could Cause Some Delays Near Lake Crescent

Heading to Olympic National Park? Then you might encounter some traffic delays on a stretch of Highway 101 near the southern edge of Lake Crescent.

Is There A Thaw Coming On the Three-Year-Old Freeze on National Park Fees?

Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lake, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Three years ago, then-National Park Service Director Mary Bomar placed a freeze on most fees associated with visiting the national parks. Now, though, it appears that freeze might be thawing.

Best National Parks for Admiring "Rock Art"

There are a handful of places in the National Park System where you can view petroglyphs or pictographs. Some are walk-up panels that you can ponder for hours, others require a float down a river or a long hike. Here's a quick look at some of those units and what you can expect to find.

Last Dam Summer Party Scheduled For Olympic National Park

With demolition of the Elwha River dams in Olympic National Park scheduled for 2011, mark May 27 on your calendar to celebrate the "Last Dam Summer Party."

Dining At The Parks: National Park Restaurants Striving To Raise the Culinary Bar

Like to mix food and national parks? Consider these special food attractions at Shenandoah, Mesa Verde, and Olympic national parks.

Parks Are Well-Represented in the Latest National Register of Big Trees

The General Sherman tree.
How would you determine if a tree qualifies as a "national champion"? The National Register of Big Trees has the answers, and the 70th anniversary edition of that list just been released in a new online format. Sites in the National Park System are well-represented, including the home of "the earth's largest living thing."

New Fishing Regs Take Effect May 1 in Olympic National Park

With fishing season right around the corner in Olympic National Park, officials there want to bring anglers up-to-date on changes in the park's fishing regulations.

Plan An Earth Day Visit To Olympic National Park to Help Clean Up the Park

Earth Day is only a few weeks off, and if you're still wondering how to celebrate it, consider lending a hand to clean up Olympic National Park.

Creature Feature: The Banana Slug is Living Proof that a Slimy Little Gastropod Mollusk Can be Loaded with Charisma

You’d think that a mucus-covered, shell-less, forest-dwelling gastropod whose diet includes animal droppings couldn’t get much love, but the lowly banana slug has acquired a huge fan following. Among other things, it is the star of a community festival, official state mollusk of California, and one of America’s most beloved sports mascots.

NPCA: Independent Review Shows Wolf Population Goals Too Low in Washington State

Wolf population targets laid out in a draft management plan by Washington Department of Fish and Game officials are too low to sustain a viable population, according to some independent scientists who reviewed the proposal.
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Dining At The Parks: Roasted Acorn Squash With Scallops From Lake Quinault Lodge

While scallops can taste great by themselves with a little salt and pepper, this recipe from Lake Quinault Lodge on the southern border of Olympic National Park complements them with the nuttiness of acorn squash. Thanks to Executive Chef Patrick Norris for sharing this recipe.

Reader Participation Day: Which National Park Brings the Best Out In Your Camera?

Redrock and Snow, copyright Kurt Repanshek
It's a given: national parks are great places to take photographs. And yet, there are some parks that seem to produce better photos from my camera than others. Which national parks do you find the most photogenic?

Reader Participation Day: Where Are the Best Waterfalls In the National Park System?

Waterfall Ohe o Gorge, Haleakala National Park, copyright Q.T. Luong
Two of the most incredible waterfalls in the National Park System can be found in Yellowstone National Park. But it certainly doesn't have a monopoly on waterworks. Olympic National Park boasts the beautifully secluded Marymere Falls, Glacier National Park the towering Bird Woman Falls, and Great Smoky Mountain National Park the comparatively small but gorgeous-just-the-same Abrams Falls. What other waterfalls in the park system deserve to be singled out for their beauty?

Hurricane Ridge Road Set to Reopen Saturday in Olympic National Park

Barring weather problems, Hurricane Ridge Road in [url=http://www.nps.gov/olym]Olympic National Park[/url] should be back in business on Saturday, a week earlier than was predicted when a contractor was hired to repair road damage caused by a landslide.

Final Batch of Fishers to Be Freed in Olympic National Park

Three years have passed since Washington state and Olympic National Park officials embarked down the road of fisher recovery in the national park. On Saturday, the final batch of these weasel-like predators were to be set free into the park's backcountry.

Proposed Boundary Change Would Add Nearly 241 Acres to Olympic National Park

A boundary change being proposed at Olympic National Park would add nearly 241 acres to the park in the name of sockeye salmon habitat protection.

Creature Feature: The Marbled Murrelet is a Flagship Species in the Old-Growth Forest Preservation Movement.

Logging in the old-growth forests of the North Pacific Coast is being blamed for the sharp decline of the marbled murrelet population. More logging restrictions are needed to save the little seabird, and that is causing quite a stir.

Spring Lodging Deals Announced For Olympic National Park Properties

With spring right around the corner in some parts of the country, lodging deals are starting to appear on the national park landscape. At Olympic National Park, for example, you can land in a room for as little as $79 a night.

Washington's National Park Fund Looking For Volunteers Interested in Marmots

Interested in marmots? Enjoy Olympic National Park? Can you spare some time this summer? If you answered 'Yes' to those questions, the folks at Washington's National Park Fund want to hear from you.

Olympic National Park To Rehab Boulder Creek Area, Erase Creek Road

The Boulder Creek Road in Olympic National Park soon will be no more. Park officials have made the decision to remove the remaining vestiges of the road and rehabilitate the corridor for hikers and stock travel and restore the Boulder Creek Campground.

Hurricane Ridge Road Repairs in Olympic National Park Expected to Take Six Weeks

Engineers say it will take six weeks to rebuild a 100-foot-long stretch of the Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park that collapsed the other day.
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