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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.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)

    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed above the Heart o' the Hills entrance station from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

  • 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 »

Elwha River Hatcheries may be funded as Part of the Elwha River Restoration Project

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Date: April 10, 2013
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985

Environmental analysis for funding the Elwha River hatchery program has been completed and a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been released. The National Park Service (NPS) may provide direct funding and funding recommendations for the Elwha River hatchery programs as part of the Elwha River Restoration Project.

The National Park Service has adopted the December 21, 2012 final environmental assessment released by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for the five Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans submitted by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife for the Elwha River hatchery programs.

More information about this project is available online at the NPS Planning Environment and Public Comment website at http://parkplanning.nps.gov.

Restoration of the Elwha River ecosystem is an investment in the future that will result in ecological, cultural and economic benefits to the Olympic Peninsula and beyond. The Elwha is the largest watershed within Olympic National Park and was once one of the most productive salmon streams in the Pacific Northwest, home to all five species of Pacific salmon, as well as other fish species. Two dams, constructed in the early 1900s, previously blocked fish from all but the lower five miles of the river. Removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dam will restore the Elwha to its natural, free-flowing condition and will once again allow fish access to over 70 river miles of habitat now protected within Olympic National Park. Dam removal began in 2011. Elwha Dam has been completely removed, and only a portion of Glines Canyon Dam still remains. More information about this project is available at http://www.nps.gov/olym/naturescience/elwha-ecosystem-restoration.htm.

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.