WEDNESDAY, NOV. 19, 2014

Route to Olympic Hot Springs reopened

TRAILS -- Olympic National Park has reopened a road and trailhead leading to Olympic Hot Springs. The Kitsap Sun reports Olympic Hot Springs Road and the Boulder Creek Trailhead had been closed for three years while workers dismantled the Glines Canyon Dam on the Elwha...

FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013

Program, book document Elwha River restoration

RIVERS -- The author of “Elwha: A River Reborn,” will be in Spokane on Tuesday for a free presentation on the people, places, fish and history behind the world's largest dam removal effort. Lynda Mapes, a Seattle Times reporter, will speak at 7 p.m. in...


Olympic Park not taking campsite reservations by phone

BACKPACKING -- Olympic National Park is accepting reservation requests for wilderness camping areas with overnight use limits by fax or postal mail only. Phone reservations are no longer accepted. Limits on overnight use in high-use wilderness camp areas are in effect May 1-Sept. 30 to...

TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2012

National Park group honors Dicks for conservation

PUBLIC LANDS -- Retiring Congressman Norm Dicks has receive a conservation award from a national parks group. The Coalition of National Park Service Retirees has awarded its highest honor, The George B. Hartzog Award, to Rep. Norm Dicks, D-WA, for his career-long support of America’s...

FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2012

THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2012

Judge denies claims in mountain goat goring case

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- A judge has dismissed most of a widow’s claims in a $10 million suit against the federal government after her husband was killed by a mountain goat at Olympic National Park two years ago, saying that even if it seems unfair, the...


Elwha Dam is history

RIVERS -- Ding Dong the Dam is Gone.... That's the report from Olympic National Park. The decades-old project to remove Elwha Dam and return the Elwha River to the once flourishing run of jumbo chinook salmon has hit a milestone. The dam is gone. We...

THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2012

Scientist pegs decline of glaciers in Olympic National Park

CLIMATE CHANGE -- On the heels of a report on the decline of glaciers on Mount Adams, a scientist in Olympic National Park says the Olympic Peninsula's glaciers have shrunk by an average of 15 percent since the 1980s, with one completely disappearing. Ferry Glacier,...

MONDAY, NOV. 7, 2011

Goat-goring lawsuit already having impact on park wildlife

WILDLIFE -- The $10 million claim against Olympic National Park for the October 2010 goring death of a hiker already is having an impact on the park's tolerance of overly friendly or aggressive wildlife. Park officials said they knew of at least one disruptive mountain...


FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

Park plea: Don’t pee along trails

HIKING -- Olympic National Park hikers who urinate along trails may be creating linear "salt licks" that attract mountain goats. The practice may be partially responsible for luring in goats that have been harassing and even killing park visitors. Sounds like a troublesome new pack...

TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2011

Olympic Park rangers kill aggressive cow elk

NATIONAL PARKS -- Olympic National Park rangers killed an elk Friday after it had charged three vehicles and damaged a tent at the Hoh Rain Forest campground. This event comes a year after a mountain goat was killed after it gored and killed a backpacker,...


Marmot counters needed at Olympic National Park

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- If you're game for an Olympic National Park hike of five to 20 miles and eager to go count housecat-sized rodents, park officials may want you for its "citizen science" marmot monitoring program. For the second year, the park is looking for...

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

Winter is Hurricane season at Olympic National Park

NATIONAL PARKS -- Winter at Olyimpic National Park conjures up images of pounding surf on wilderness beaches. But many people don't realize the Western Washington park also offers stunning winter alpine beauty served by the plowed road to Hurricane Ridge. Bring your skis or snowshoes...

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