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 »
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 »
Safety Advisory: Rabies
Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »
New Web Video Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at Elwha River Restoration
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
In the second of a series of short web videos, viewers have a front row seat at major milestones that have been accomplished over the past year of Elwha River Restoration.
Viewers can join Bureau of Reclamation staff as they methodically work through the process of shutting off the two Elwha power plants last June. Footage taken inside both the Elwha and Glines Canyon Dam power houses give the public a rare view of the historic structures and the men who operated them during their last years before removal.
"We're proud to release this short film, and thank our many partners, especially nonprofit producers Wings Over Watersheds for their contributions," said Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent Todd Suess.
The video was produced by Wings Over Watersheds, a non-profit organization focused on watershed education. Under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, Wings Over Watersheds will produce additional web videos, a longer visitor center orientation film and a 60-minute documentary.
Other online resources about Elwha River Restoration are linked from the Olympic National Park website at http://tinyurl.com/ONP-Elwha-info and include a weekly Dam Removal Blog, a Facebook page, photo galleries, timelines and much more.
"We've had great response to the online presence of Elwha River Restoration," said Acting Superintendent Todd Suess. "We're very pleased to be able to share information about this landmark restoration project with people across the country and the world."
Did You Know?
Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.