• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements 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 »

Fire Monitoring

Composite burn index plot on the Griff Fire

Composite burn index plot on the Griff Fire.

NPS photo

In order to see if vegetation resource objectives are being met by prescribed burns and wildland fires, Olympic National Park collects pre and post fire data at field plots. These plots involve counting and measuring trees, identifying understory vegetation, and calculating fuel loading on the forest floor. The NPS Fire Effects Monitoring Crew based at North Cascades National Park assists with the plots, as well as ONP employees. Fire effects on wildlife are also monitored by park biologists.

 
Griff Fire Effects

Griff Fire Effects

NPS Photo

For more information about fire effects monitoring, check out the following link:

--Fire Effects Monitoring Handbook

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.