• Olympic: Three Parks in One

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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.

Fisher Reintroduction

closeup of a fisher's face

Fishers are house-cat sized members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared from the state because of overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.

In early 2008, 18 fishers were released into Olympic National Park, marking the beginning of a three-year reintroduction project and restoration of these creatures to the State of Washington.

 
fisher on a log

Quick Links to More Information about Fishers and Fisher Reintroduction

Fishers in Washington Website
Hosted by Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, this site has photos, video and frequent updates about the Olympic fisher reintroduction effort.

News Release: After a Long Absence, Rare Native Mammal Returns to Washington State and Olympic National Park (January 27, 2008)

News Release: Seven Fishers Released Yesterday in Olympic National Park (March 2, 2008)

Questions and Answers about Fisher Reintroduction to Olympic National Park (pdf), January 2008

Did You Know?

snow covered forest and meadow

That endemic Olympic snow moles are scurrying beneath this blanket of snow? Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.