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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5

    Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »

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You can search for and download the individual lesson plans below, download Freeing the Elwha Lesson Plan Overview (864 KB .PDF file) or request a full CD by contacting the Education Specialist: 360-565-3146.

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    Freeing the Elwha (Good Intentions)

    Freeing the Elwha (Good Intentions)

    How did an 1881 law in Washington interfere with the support of the building of the Elwha Dam and what was the consequence for salmon? What did the building of the dam do for the economy of the Port Angeles area?

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    Freeing the Elwha (Should the Dams on the Elwha be Removed? A Classroom Debate)

    Dams have been useful to human populations in providing water and energy for development of wilderness areas. Should we remove dams that have outlived their use in order to enhance the sustainability of natural and human communities?

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    Freeing the Elwha (Salmon the Life Giving Gift)

    Freeing the Elwha (Salmon the Life Giving Gift)

    Salmon play a crucial role in the lives of Pacific Northwest Native people. How are salmon truly the “life giving gift’’ to the Elwha River and the Klallam People that live along its banks?

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    Freeing the Elwha (Calling the Salmon Back to the Elwha: Poems for the Adventurous Anadromous)

    Freeing the Elwha (Calling the Salmon Back to the Elwha: Poems for the Adventurous Anadromous)

    How can asking someone or something to respond to a request help to build understanding?

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    Freeing the Elwha (Restoring the Elwha River)

    Freeing the Elwha (Restoring the Elwha River)

    There are many important factors involved in removing the Elwha Dams and restoring the Elwha River. What strategies is Olympic National Park employing to help the river and its anadromous fish recover?

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    Freeing the Elwha (A Long and Difficult Process)

    Freeing the Elwha (A Long and Difficult Process)

    It would be nice if a few sticks of dynamite could quickly remove a dam, but there are many big issues involved in dam removal, what are those issues and how do they relate to the Elwha River dam removal project?

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    Freeing the Elwha (Salmon Nutrient Cycling)

    Freeing the Elwha (Salmon Nutrient Cycling)

    Salmon nutrients find their way into terrestrial environments, how is it possible that trees show evidence of having derived nutrition from Salmon?

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    Freeing the Elwha (Sediment Deposition at Sea)

    Freeing the Elwha (Sediment Deposition at Sea)

    As rivers carry sediment to the sea different sediment structures are formed along shorelines, how is sediment important to both river and the shoreline ecosystems?

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    Freeing the Elwha - (Sediment Effects of Elwha Dams)

    Freeing the Elwha - (Sediment Effects of Elwha Dams)

    The building of the Elwha River Dams has had a huge effect on the natural sediment transport and sediment structures along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. What benefit will the removal of the dams have to natural and human communities along the Strait of Juan de Fuca as natural sediment transport resumes?

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    Freeing the Elwha (Habitat Requirements for Pacific Salmon)

    Freeing the Elwha (Habitat Requirements for Pacific Salmon)

    Salmon are survivors; nevertheless, they have very specific habitat requirements, what are the important habitat needs of the anadromous fish of the Elwha River watershed?

Did You Know?

Mt. Olympus in winter

That Mount Olympus receives over 200 inches of precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow? At 7,980 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S.