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.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River between Upper Lake Mills Trail and Altair Campground.
Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
Public Review and Comment Period Extended for Olympic National Park Draft General Management Plan
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
The public review and comment period for the Olympic National Park Draft General Management Plan/Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GMP/EIS) has been extended for an additional two weeks, Superintendent Bill Laitner announced today.
“We recognize that summer is a busy time for people and that the Olympic Draft GMP/EIS is a lengthy document,” said Superintendent Laitner. “We read and consider every comment we receive and hope that an extra two weeks will give more people a chance to review and comment on the plan.”
The public comment period is now open through September 30, 2006. The Draft GMP/EIS was released in mid-June for public review and comment; the original 90-day public comment has been extended by 14 days.
People interested in reviewing the draft plan may visit the National Park Service planning website. A printed or CD version of the document by calling (360) 565-3004.
Comments may be mailed or faxed to:
Olympic National Park General Management Plan
National Park Service
Denver Service Center
P.O. Box 25287
Denver, Colorado 80225
A total of nine public open house meetings have been scheduled for people to make oral and written comments about the plan. Five meetings have already been held; four more are scheduled for next week and are listed below.
When complete, the GMP/EIS will be a long-term, comprehensive plan that sets a course for the park over the next 15 to 20 years. The document describes several proposed alternatives for managing the park, including the National Park Service’s draft preferred alternative. The environmental impacts of each proposed alternative are also analyzed. The Draft GMP/EIS contains extensive information about current conditions in Olympic National Park, including visitor facilities and access, natural and cultural resources and the park’s role within the surrounding region
The NPS draft preferred alternative aims to protect natural and cultural resources while improving visitor experiences and was developed using components of the other alternatives and the extensive public input provided earlier in the planning process.
For more information about the Olympic National Park Draft GMP/EIS, people may call the park at 360-565-3004.
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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.