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Tag: Olympic National Park

March
29th

Man cited after landing ultralight aircraft on Olympic National Park beach to view Japanese dock tsunami debris

A statement released today by Olympic National Park:

A Forks, Washington pilot was contacted and cited by an Olympic National Park Ranger after landing an ultralight aircraft on a beach within the wilderness coast of the park on March 4.   The plane was observed by park employees who were working on the coast and he was contacted at Forks airport by a ranger and cited.

The man said he landed there in order to look at the Japanese dock which washed up on the beach after the tsunami.

The pilot was also given a written warning by a law enforcement

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Jan.
30th

Karen Taylor-Goodrich named new superintendent of North Cascades National Park complex

Karen Taylor-Goodrich has been named the new superintendent of North Cascades National Park Service Complex. She will start her new duties in March.

Taylor-Goodrich has been the superintendent at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California for the last three years. She fills the vacancy created when Chip Jenkins left the park last year to become the National Park Service Pacific West’s deputy regional director in Seattle.

Her career of more than 30 years with the Park Service included a stint at Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.

“Returning to work and live in the Pacific Northwest has been a

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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.
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
13th

Overdue hiker found alive at Olympic National Park

A statement released today by Olympic National Park:

The search for David Snider, 55 years old, of Union, Washington concluded successfully at about 7:30am today when he was hoisted from a drainage near the Irely Lake Loop trail in Olympic National Park by a King County Sheriff’s Rescue Helicopter.  Snider was dehydrated, slightly hypothermic,
and tired, but otherwise appeared in good condition.  He was transported to a local hospital for further examination.

Snider was reported overdue on Wednesday morning when he failed to return to work after a planned day hike on the Irely Lake loop trail.  Snider had begun his day hike at approximately

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