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Public Invited to Enjoy Olympic National Park on on National Public Lands Day, Saturday September 29; Entrance Fees to be Waived

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Date: September 21, 2007
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Olympic National Park will join other National Park Service units and eight other federal land management agencies by waiving entrance fees on Saturday, September 29, 2007. Other park fees, including wilderness camping and campground fees, will remain in effect.

“We extend a warm welcome to our park neighbors and out-of-town visitors,” said Superintendent Bill Laitner. “Experiencing the wonders of Olympic National Park is always a great value – experiencing them free of charge is an added bonus for anyone who visits on September 29.”

Ranger-led education programs will be offered that day at Hurricane Ridge, Hoh and Kalaloch. The park’s visitor centers will be open, including the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and the Hoh Visitor Center, along with the Forks and Kalaloch Information Stations.

National Public Lands Day recognizes the diversity and importance of the nation’s public lands. Participating are nine federal land management agencies, along with approximately 125 state, county, and city governments, including state parks departments in Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Olympic National Park was established in 1938 and protects over 922,000 acres of wilderness forest, coastline and mountain terrain. The park receives over three million visits each year.

Did You Know?

star-shaped purple flowers growing in a crack of a rock

That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.