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Tag: Todd Suess

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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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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