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New Online Film Documents Climate Change Research in Olympic National Park

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Date: March 10, 2014
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985

Olympic National Park is pleased to announce the release of a new Science Minute Movie by the North Coast and Cascades Science Learning Network (NCCSLN). Tides of Change takes viewers behind-the-scenes of Olympic National Park with coastal ecologist Dr. Steve Fradkin, as he traverses one of the most remote, wild, and scenic coastlines in North America to monitor the health of the park's rocky intertidal community. This twelve minute video can be viewed online at http://www.nwparkscience.org.

Tides of Change documents ongoing scientific monitoring and explores how climactic changes are altering the conditions and chemistry of the Pacific Coast's rocky intertidal zone.

"Climate change is a critical challenge for the National Park Service today," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "Science, research, and monitoring help us understand the impacts of climate change and enable us to adapt and respond."

Since 2002, Olympic National Park, along with six other parks in the North Coast and Cascade Network, has monitored critical natural resources that are sensitive to environmental change. Data collected through the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program provides park managers with early warning signs of potential problems.

NCCSLN is a program within the National Park Service created to encourage research in all of the Northwest national parks and to communicate the results of that research.

Tides of Change, as well as a collection of seventeen additional high quality short videos documenting the work of park scientists, can be found at the North Coast & Cascades Science Learning Network website at http://www.nwparkscience.org and on the Olympic National Park website at http://www.nps.gov/olym/photosmultimedia/science-minute-videos.htm.

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.