• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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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 »

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?

Mossy trees in the Hoh Rainforest

...that one criterion for the determination of a temperate rain forest is that the amount of moss and other epiphytes exceeds the weight of all the foliage (leaves and needles) per acre by at least two times.