Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Park Newsletter for August 31, 2007
Park Welcomes New Maintenance Chief
Reed Robinson, the park's new Chief of Maintenance, began work at Olympic this week. Most recently the maintenance chief at Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, Reed has also worked at Grand Teton National Park, Timpanogos Cave National Monument, Fort Laramie National Historic Site and the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Maryland.
The son of a U.S. State Department employee, Reed was raised overseas until he was 18. He is the dad of a daughter, 15, and son, 11, and enjoys weightlifting, travel, hiking and motorcycling riding. He is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Welcome, Reed and family!
Volunteers Honored at Recognition Lunch
On August 22, Olympic's staff and volunteers gathered to celebrate and recognize the contributions of the park's 700 volunteers. Over 100 people enjoyed a picnic lunch, prepared and hosted by park staff.
Volunteers who contributed over 200 hours this year were entered into a drawing and were eligible for special awards.
More about volunteering in the park.
Rangers Make Drug Bust
Traffic enforcement by Olympic National Park rangers led to an arrest and the seizure of over a half pound of marijuana, a half pound of methamphetamine and a quarter pound of cocaine.
Did you know?
... that since last November, park crews removed 203,000 board feet of downed wood from park roads and campgrounds?
While impacts from fall and winter storms are not uncommon, the effects of the heavy rain and windstorms of 2006 were particularly pronounced and will be noticeable for years to come.
Did You Know?
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.