Inventory & Monitoring at Olympic National Park

Ocean tidal pools and small exposed island with trees
Seastacks along the Olympic coastline

NPS photo

Olympic National Park encompasses 922,651 acres (373,397 ha) in the center of Washington's Olympic Peninsula and includes a 60-mile strip of wilderness coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Ranging from sea level to almost 8,000 ft (2,435 m), Olympic National Park encompasses a broad gradient of habitats.

The Olympic Mountains intercept moisture-laden Pacific winds, resulting in a significant rainshadow effect. Olympic National Park is the wettest spot in the conterminous United States; the west slopes of Mount Olympus receive about 200 inches (508 cm) of precipitation per year, while less than 34 miles to the east, precipitation is less than 20 inches (50.3 cm) per year. Park ecosystems range from the rich intertidal zone, to rainforests, montane forests, alpine meadows, and glaciers. Temperate rainforests blanket the western slopes of the mountains, while alpine tundra conditions prevail in the dry, northeast section of the park.

The North Coast and Cascades Network provides natural resource inventory and monitoring information to help parks make effective, science-based management decisions. Inventories have been completed for birds, fish, mammals, reptiles & amphibians, and vascular plants (see species lists further down the page). Maps and reports detailing Olympic National Park's vegetation, soils, and geologic resources are in progress.

For more information about Olympic National Park, visit the Park website.

Monitored Here

Climate
Elk
Fish Assemblages
Forest Vegetation
Glaciers Pilot studies to expand protocol to Olympic National Park are underway
Intertidal
Landbirds
Landscape Dynamics
Mountain Lakes
Subalpine Vegetation
Water Quality

Publications

Monitoring Reports

Climate

Source: Data Store Saved Search 558 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Elk

Source: Data Store Saved Search 552 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Fish Assemblages

Source: Data Store Saved Search 556 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Forest Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 555 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Intertidal

Source: Data Store Saved Search 566 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Landbirds

Source: Data Store Saved Search 550 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Landscape Dynamics

Source: Data Store Saved Search 553 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Mountain Lakes

Source: Data Store Saved Search 567 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Subalpine Vegetation

Source: Data Store Saved Search 639 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Water Quality

Source: Data Store Saved Search 640 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Inventory Reports

Inventory Reports

Source: Data Store Collection 531 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Monitoring Protocols

Protocol Documents

Source: Data Store Collection 167 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Synthesis, Trend, and Journal Publications

Publications

Source: Data Store Saved Search 3605 (results presented are a subset). To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

Park Species List

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Last updated: September 19, 2019