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Olympic National Park to launch online permit reservations

The Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center will move to an online reservation system allowing backpackers to check the availability of sites in real time, plan their trip and receive …

Plan to remove goats from Olympics to begin this summer

Park officials plan this summer to begin relocating hundreds of mountain goats from Olympic National Park while killing others.

Plan to remove goats from Olympics could begin this summer

Federal and state officials plan to capture and relocate as many mountain goats from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades and killing the others.

Woman leaves $1 million to Washington’s national parks

Officials say Washington state’s three national parks have received a $1 million donation from the estate of a woman who loved the outdoors.

UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018

Two men sentenced to prison for cutting tree in national park

Two men are going to prison and must pay about $17,500 in restitution after pleading guilty to cutting down a tree in Olympic National Park.

Man who cut maple tree by Olympic National Park gets prison

Federal officials say a man will spend 30 days in prison for cutting down and stealing a big leaf maple tree near Olympic National Park.

UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Washington Gov. Inslee writes letter of opposition to national park hike proposal

Gov. Jay Inslee says that a National Park Service plan to impose steep increases in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks would hurt rural counties in Washington …

Editorial: $70 park fee doesn’t add up

The Trump administration is calling for a $297 million cut to the Park Service budget, which would be slightly more than total entrance fee collections under the $70 proposal.

U.S. considers higher entry fees at 17 popular national parks

The National Park Service is floating a steep increase in entrance fees at 17 of its most popular parks, mostly in the West, to address a backlog of maintenance and …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 23, 2017

Officials to decide fate of peninsula mountain goats

In 2010, a mountain goat in Olympic National Park gored a 63-year-old hiker and severed an artery. Then the goat stood over the bleeding man and prevented rescuers from tending …

Olympic National Park provides terrific fall hiking options

Hikers have been held hostage by a summer of smoke in the Inland Northwest. While much of the West continues to burn, creating unhealthy and even dangerous conditions on regional …

Officials think body found in Olympic National Park is missing hiker

Officials believe a body found in Olympic National Park is a hiker who went missing in April.

Searching for closure: Families of missing hikers looking for answers

A Pacific Crest Trail hiker last seen in Central Washington remains missing, but the ongoing search has been far from futile.

UPDATED: Mon., April 17, 2017

Search for two men in Olympic National Park suspended

Officials have suspended their search for two men missing in Washington state’s Olympic National Park, including a 20-year-old hiker from New Jersey missing for the past week.

Crews locate plane after crash in Olympic National Park

Two people on board a plane that was reported missing after it crashed in Olympic National Park have been hospitalized with minor injuries.

Olympic park to allow clamming for first time since 2012

A section of Olympic National Park will open for clamming for the first time in five years.

Wilderness area in Olympic National Park to be named for Dan Evans

The wilderness area inside the Olympic National Park would be named for Dan Evans, a former Washington governor and U.S. senator.

Fate of Olympic park historic chalet draws hundreds of comments

Hundreds have weighed in as Olympic National Park officials consider what to do with an historic chalet that’s being threatened by a river in a remote wilderness.

Biologist counting mountain goats in Olympic National Park

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – Wildlife biologists are counting mountain goats in Olympic National Park and nearby forest areas.

Lawsuit targets aging shelters in Olympic National Park

The Canyon Creek Shelter and four other aging Olympic National Park structures are at the heart of a lawsuit that pits wilderness preservationists against historic preservationists. Montana-based Wilderness Watch is …

Dam debris poses threat to people on Elwha River

Olympic National Park is warning rafters and swimmers about metal debris on the Elwha River where the Elwha Dam used to be.

In brief: Duck and goose seasons approved

With a record number of ducks counted on the northern breeding grounds, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved migratory waterfowl hunting seasons last weekend. Under the waterfowl hunting package, …

In brief: Anti-wolf group starts billboard campaign

A newly organized anti-wolf group says it’s targeting Spokane with a billboard campaign to highlight its concerns about the increasing number of wolves in Washington State. Four billboards featuring a …

Park visit implants Olympic memories

The first family camping trip I remember was at Kalaloch, an Olympic National Park campground perched just above a wave-pummeled Pacific beach. My parents somehow snagged an oceanfront campsite. By …

Elwha River sees chinook salmon run increase

PORT ANGELES, Wash. – The largest run of chinook salmon in decades returned to the Elwha River this fall, according to officials with the Olympic National Park. Fish are streaming …

Stop at Olympic National Park, get $125 ticket

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — People who pulled into a ranger station at Olympic National Park over the weekend were given $125 tickets for “violation of closure.”

Olympic national park celebrates diamond ‘in the rough’ anniversary

Olympic National Park is distinguished by its diversity. A visitor to the jewel of the Olympic Peninsula can walk alone on a remote ocean beach. A short drive away, the …

Free-flowing Elwha rallies fish

PORT ANGELES – Scientists knew oceangoing fish would eventually return to the Elwha River on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, once two massive concrete dams were torn down. They just didn’t …

Out & About: Here’s a chance for life on the rocks

OUTDO – A fun-oriented, weekend introduction to rock climbing is set for July 23-24 at Q’emiln Park in Post Falls. The annual UClimb sponsored by Mountain Gear enlists pro climbers …

Field reports: Local geese herded for population study

WILDLIFE – Biologists and volunteers herd Canada geese into pens and clamped leg bands on about 1,000 young birds in Eastern Washington in the past week for a Washington Fish …