Normally about this time of year the staff at Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park is getting ready to close down for the winter. But this year the lodge will stay open through New Year's Day 2014.
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Around The Shutdown: Great Smoky To Open Briefly, Citations At Olympic National Park, State-Run National Parks
Great Smoky Mountains National Park to open Wednesday, citations issued at Olympic National Park, and a call for states to share in national park management are among the issues floating around the National Park System during the ongoing government shutdown.
Among the many casualties of the government shutdown are some of the popular webcam views of locations around the National Park System, since NPS and some other government web services have been disabled for the duration of the dispute. If you enjoy the ability to check in on favorite park locations via those cameras, all is not lost, however, and we'll provide some tips about park webcam views provided by non-government sources.
Seventy-five years ago, in June, 1938, Congress passed and President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the bill creating Olympic National Park. With this act Americans embarked on something new in land conservation: creating a wilderness preserve large enough to protect intact old-growth forest communities and the hosts of forest-dependent wildlife they contained.
As the partial shutdown of the federal government moved past its third day, the National Park System remained closed, but news surrounding the parks didn't end. A glance around the system shows hard times for lodging concessions, a particularly outspoken congressman, and ongoing energy production in some parks.
Salmon fisheries seem to be quickly rebuilding along the Elwha River drainage below Olympic National Park in the wake of efforts to restore the river, as thousands of Chinook salmon have been counted in the river and its tributaries.
Have you ever stopped in the backcountry of a national park and just listened tothe nature around you? The following video from Olympic National Park lets you not only listen to nature, but gaze across the park's wilderness.
Problems with sediment loads have officials from Olympic National Park and the City of Port Angeles collaborating on ways to ensure the city's water supply isn't harmed from work to remove the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha River.
The dismantling of dams along the Elwha River in, and just outside, Olympic National Park has been described as the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Trying to follow the story from afar is difficult, at best, which makes Elwha, A River Reborn, a good book to read.
ARAMARK Parks and Destinations, which has been managing the Log Cabin Resort in Olympic National Park on a fill-in basis since last year, has been given a 10-year contract to run the property.