• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • 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 »

Fire Research

Deer Park Prescribed Fire

Deer Park Prescribed Fire 2007

NPS photo

For information about research related to fire in the Olympic Mountains, check out the following links:

Websites:

--Fire and Mountain Ecology Lab

--Joint Fire Science Program

--Pacific Northwest Research Lab

--Pacific Northwest Research Station

Papers:

--"Subalpine Tree Reestablishment After Fire in the Olympic Mountains, Washington." James K. Agee and Larry Smith

--"Fire and Fuels Management: Definitions, Ambiguous Terminology, and References." Compiled by George Wooten.

--"A Fire Cycle Model Based on Climate for the Olympic Mountains, Washington." James K. Agee and R. Flewelling.

--"Characteristics of Large Lightning Fires in the Olympic Mountains, Washington." Mark H. Huff and James K. Agee.

--"Vegetation Response to Prescribed Fire in Douglas-fir Forests, Olympic National Park" Richard W. Fonda and Elizabeth P. Binney

Did You Know?

Mossy downed log in dense forest

The old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest produce three times the biomass (living or once living material) of tropical rain forests. More...