• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Ditch Maintenance Along Park Roads: Motorists May Encounter Delays

    Motorists may encounter delays along Sol Duc Road (9/30 - 10/1), Whiskey Bend Road (10/2), Deer Park Road (10/7-10/8), and Hurricane Ridge Road (10/9 - 10/10) due to routine cleaning of roadway drainage ditches.

  • Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed

    The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha. The road is expected to re-open by Summer 2015.

  • 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 »

Invasive Plant Resources

Canada Thistle & Tansy

Purple Canada thistle and yellow tansy ragwort are invasive plants that grow in disturbed lands.

NPS Exotic Plant Management Team

The sources listed below have information
on invasive exotic plants and ways to
stop their spread.

More information on Olympic’s website:

Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species
Nonnative Species
Invasive Exotic Plants
Leave-No-Trace
Volunteer Opportunities

 

Reporting Sightings within Olympic National Park:

If you can positively identify invasive exotic plants, report when and where you see the weeds to the nearest ranger station or visitor center.

 
English Ivy

Park staff and volunteers work to restore forested areas by pulling up English ivy.

NPS Volunteer Office

Olympic Peninsula
Noxious Weed Control Boards:

Washington State NWCB
Clallam County NWCB
Jefferson County NWCB

Other sources:

NPS: Weeds Gone Wild
NPS: Invasive Plant Management
National Invasive Species Council
USDA APHIS: Plant Pest Program
USDA Forest Service: Invasive Plants
Center for Invasive Plant Management

Some of the invasive plant species information on this website came from “Management of Exotic Plants in Olympic National Park” by Richard W. Olson, Jr., Edward G. Schreiner, and Lance Parker.

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.