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Tag: Olympic National Forest


Vandals shoot up Pete’s Creek Trailhead restroom on Olympic National Forest

The Pete’s Creek Trailhead restroom, located on Olympic National Forest’s Pacific Ranger District, was vandalized recently when hit with shotgun blasts. It is closed indefinitely until repairs can be made, forest officials said late Wednesday.

The Lower Pete’s Creek Trail remains open.

The list of repairs includes replacing the windows, toilet, ventilation stack, handicap railing, toilet paper bar and trash can.

“It is unfortunate that some people can spoil things for everyone without considering the impact of their actions,” District Ranger Dean Millett said in a prepared statement. “The cost of the needed repairs has not been

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Mount Ellinor Trail reopens today, but hikers should be wary of aggressive mountain goats

Mount Ellinor Trail in Olympic National Forest’s reopened, ending a formal closure put in place three months ago when several hiking parties reported being harassed by insistent mountain goats.

The animals had gotten very close to the hikers and then failed to retreat when attempts were made to chase them away.

The mountain goats at Mount Ellinor and other locations in the Olympic Mountains have grown habituated to people, losing their fear of human beings. The animals, though wild, have grown used to people feeding them and supplying salts and minerals from sweat or urine, said a news release from

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Olympic National Forest adds to list of agencies banning campfires

Olympic National Forest officials earlier today announced a ban of open campfires and smoking. According to fire officials, a long persistent dry summer has created dangerously high fire conditions and the National Weather Service predicts more dry conditions ahead.

Wood and charcoal fires are only allowed in developed campgrounds and group campgrounds that have established concrete or steel-grated fire pits or rings.

Building and tending open campfires, including barbeques, cooking fires, and warming fires are prohibited until further notice. Permissible sources of cooking and heat are portable stoves, or lanterns using gas, jellied petroleum, or pressurized liquid fuel. Smoking is

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Reta Laford named new Olympic National Forest supervisor

Reta Laford, currently serving as the deputy forest supervisor for the Coronado National Forest in Arizona, has been named the new supervisor for Olympic National Forest.

Laford, who has worked in the Northwest before, will replace Dale Hom, who retired in June. Amanda McAdams has been acting forest supervisor since June and will be replaced by Laford on Sept. 17.

“We are excited to welcome Reta to the Pacific Northwest Regional Leadership Team,” Regional Forester Kent Connaughton said in a prepared statement.

“Having worked at many levels of the organization, Reta brings a rich breadth of experience, which will

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Olympic National Forest closes two roads for repairs

Work on two road projects will close major access routes on the Pacific Ranger District of the Olympic National Forest.

Repairs will close Donkey Creek Road (Forest Service Road 22) at milepost 12.2 from July 15-Aug. 16 and Forest Service Road 23 at milepost 22.2 July 18-Aug. 16.

Both roads lead to the Wynoochee Recreation Area, which can be accessed out of Montesano during the closure.

For more information, contact the Olympic National Forest at 360-765-2200 or 360-288-2525.

Click here to learn more about the Olympic National Forest.


Olympic National Forest closes Road 30

With several culvert installation projects and one retaining wall installation scheduled to begin next week, Olympic National Forest staff has announced the closure of Forest Road 30 near Forks.

Road 30 will be closed to public travel from Monday through Sept. 30 while the repairs are underway. This road does not access campgrounds, trailheads or other recreation facilities.

But it could impact access for the upcoming bear hunting season and mushroom pickers going out in the next two months,

Construction operations and the related closure will occur from milepost 3.5 to milepost 7.5, said a forest news release. Culvert installation

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