• 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 during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.

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?

DYK fisher release

Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.