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.
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 »
National Park Service Begins Process to Develop New Concessions Contracts
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
The National Park Service has just begun a year-long process of developing new contracts for three Olympic National Park concessions, the Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Gift Shop, Lake Crescent Lodge and Fairholme General Store.
This week a contracted team of market and facility condition analysts will visit each of these three concession operations and meet with key representatives from North Olympic Peninsula’s tourism and hospitality industry. Information gathered this week will be used in developing the new contracts.
“Park concession operators provide important services and opportunities for park visitors and are valued partners,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Bill Laitner. “We are excited to begin the process of implementing new contracts for the continued operation of these three popular facilities.”
The Hurricane Ridge Snack Bar and Gift Shop and Lake Crescent Lodge are currently operated under one contract, now held by Forever Resorts. The Fairholme General Store, located at the west end of Lake Crescent is managed under a different contract, but is currently being operated by Forever Resorts. Forever Resorts holds concessions contracts in other national parks, as well as state parks and national forests around the country.
Once the request for proposals are complete, they will be posted at Federal Business Opportunities website, www.fedbizopps.gov for bid solicitation, targeted for spring 2008. A two to four solicitation period is anticipated, with new contracts to take effect in January 2009.
Did You Know?
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.