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Category: Olympic National Park

Oct.
17th

Low visitation forces Olympic National Park to scale back access to Hurricane Ridge

Low visitation is leading Olympic National Park to close the road to Hurricane Ridge on most weekdays during the winter.

After a two-year trial to study the economic impact of a daily road schedule, the park has decided to return to a Friday-Sunday winter plan starting next month.

“Despite the best efforts of our local community, Olympic National Park employees and National Park Service staff in Washington, D.C., weekday winter access to Hurricane Ridge did not lead to a sufficient increase in visitors,” Todd Suess, Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent, said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately, given the fiscal realities

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Sep.
26th

Devils Tower taps Olympic National Park for new leader, Reed Robinson

Reed Robinson of Olympic National Park has been named the new superintendent of Devils Tower National Monument in northeastern Wyoming. The 22-year National Park Service veteran begins work at Devils Tower on Nov. 18.

“Reed brings more than two decades of diverse and wide-ranging experience in natural and cultural resources management to this position,” said Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels in a prepared statement.

Robinson, Olympic’s chief of facility management, has spent most of his career in Utah where he graduated from Utah Valley University. He and his children are members of the Rosebud (Sicanju) Lakota Tribe of Wyoming and

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Aug.
29th

Searchers find missing hiker in Olympic National Park


UPDATE

From the Associated Press:

A Mountlake Terrace, Wash., man overdue on a hike in Olympic National Park has been found. A park spokeswoman says 32-year-old Tim Bailey has a broken left ankle.

Spokeswoman Rainey McKenna says ground searchers heard gunshots and directed a search helicopter to check them out. The helicopter found Bailey at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The hiker told rescuers he broke his ankle Saturday when he tumbled about 150 feet down a slope. Despite the injury, McKenna says he is alert and oriented. Ground searchers who have food and medical equipment are with him.

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Aug.
23rd

Sarah Creachbaum named superintendent of Olympic National Park

Sarah Creachbaum was named today as the new superintendent of Olympic National Park. She replaces Karen Gustin who retired in March, after over 30 years with the National Park Service.

Creachbaum is currently serving as superintendent of Haleakala National Park. She has been at the park on the island of Maui since 2009. Before that, she was superintendent at War in the Pacific National Historical Park on the island of Guam and American Memorial Park on the island of Saipan.

“I am absolutely thrilled to work at Olympic; it has always been a dream,” Creachbaum said in a prepared statement.

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Aug.
20th

King salmon make history at Olympic National Park

From Olympic National Park:

Today, less than five months after the removal of the
Elwha Dam, adult Chinook (king) salmon were observed in Olympic National Park.  These are the first observed Elwha River salmon to naturally migrate into the park.  When the Elwha Dam became operational in 1913, twenty-five years before the establishment of the park, over 70 miles of habitat were blocked to fish passage.

The Chinook were observed approximately two miles upstream from the boundary of the park by Phil Kennedy, Lead Fisheries Technician for the park, “We knew this was going to happen and as I saw the fish roll, my heart jumped!”

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July
12th

Road to Windy Ridge at Mount St. Helens opens Friday

Starting Friday, visitors to Mount St. Helens will be able to drive to Windy Ridge, the closest point to the crater accessible by automobile.

Forest Road 99 open’s for the summer on Friday morning. The road also provides access to Spirit Lake, Meta Lake and hiking trails such as Norway Pass.

Forest Road 26 also opens Friday. The road accesses Norway Pass, Goat Mountain Trail and the Mount Margaret backcountry. The road has been repaired after portions were wiped out by flooding.

Also, a portion Obstruction Point Road in Olympic National Park also opens Friday. Snow as deep as six

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July
2nd

Nick Hall: No recovery before July 4, “no pressure” as family wants “safe as possible” mission

The body of Mount Rainier climbing ranger Nick Hall won’t be recovered until after the Fourth of July, a National Park spokeswoman said this morning.

Weather windows early this week appear to be too small to safely get a crew of climbing rangers to Hall’s body via helicopter, said Kathy Steichen, Olympic National Park’s chief of interpretation serving as a Rainier spokeswoman during this incident.

“Nick Hall’s family totally understands and wants this to be as safe as possible,” Steichen said. “There is no pressure (to do the recovery sooner).”

Steichen says the first promising weather window for recovering Hall

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May
16th

National Parks offer free annual passes for military families

Starting Saturday the National Park Service will offer free annual passes to U.S. military personnel and their dependents. The passes will be good at all 397 national parks.

Here’s a statement released today by the National Park Service and Mount Rainier National Park:

To show our appreciation for those who serve in the U.S.
Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the National Park Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance to all 397 national parks for active duty military members and their dependents.

“We all owe a debt to those who sacrifice so much to

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