Your Gifts in Action in Olympic
Your generosity made these projects possible!
Hurricane Ridge Road Winter Access: Year 2 - $50,000
How Healthy Are the Elk? - $5,500
Mountain Goats Study - $5,000
Glacier Meadows Ranger Station Replacement - $17,000
Alternative Transportation Planning Guide - $8,000
Hurricane Ridge Road Winter Access - $50,500
Thanks to organizations and businesses in the Port Angeles area, including the City of Port Angeles and the Port Angeles Chamber of Commerce, Hurricane Ridge Road was kept open all of the winter of 2010-2011.
Engage Diverse Audiences in Elwha River Restoration - $10,000
To celebrate the beginning of dam removal, Olympic National Park worked with its partners to plan, organize and present a special kick-off event on the weekend of September 16-18, 2011.
Elwha River Restoration Education and Outreach - $30,000
The nation's largest dam removal in history began in September 2011 in Olympic National Park, setting in motion a landmark restoration project. New educational materials focussed on visitor safety, travel and orientation information, to enhance learning and enjoyment of this landmark project.
Citizen Science: Olympic Marmot Monitoring Year 2 - $4,500
This program continued the very successful and popular Olympic Marmot study initiated in 2010. More than 80 volunteers - ranging in age from 11 to over 70 - provided park biologists with important population data. Study results will enhance our knowledge base of the connection between marmot ecology and climate change, and inform natural resource management decisions in the park.
Roosevelt Elk Spring Surveys - $11,000
The Roosevelt Elk is the iconic animal in Olympic National Park. A significant monitoring project using GPS radio collars was launched in 2009-2010 through support from donors to Washington's National Park Fund. Sustaining the annual monitoring of these elk in the "spring range" -- Hoh, South Fork Hoh and Queets - is vital to the park's mission of protecting its native wildlife.
Lake Quinault Tourism Enhancement - $20,000
Expedia's generous contributions supported a number of projects in Olympic National Park. Most recently the Lake Quinault community has launched a tourism program, made possible in part through volunteer expertise and a $20,000 gift from Expedia.
Olympic Marmot Wayside Exhibit - $9,500
This exhibit provides an opportunity for thousands of visitors who walk the Hurricane Hill trail each year to learn about and better appreciate the Olympic marmot, including life history and population dynamics that recent and ongoing research reveals.
Lake Crescent Freshwater Mussels Assessment and Monitoring - $20,495
Lake Crescent is a pristine lake enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year. The project provided a baseline survey of the lake's native mussel population to protect it and also and prevent invasion by non-native species.
Elwha Restoration Project Community Outreach - $34,320
Olympic National Park made education of the Elwha River Restoration, both locally and nationally,a priority. With interactive, web-based information as well as digital animations that show progress from start to finish, the park was able to keep the surrounding community, and those far away, educated and updated with this important restoration.
Adopt-A-River: Study of Fish Populations - $38,965
Park visitors, educators, researchers and public lands managers have benefitted from monitoring the health of four rivers: South Fork Hoh, North Fork Skokomish, East Fork Quinault, and the Elwha. This project detected trends and allowed for specific management actions including: implementation of more appropriate fishing regulations, evaluation of existing hatchery releases, control of non-native fish species, and prioritization of habitat restoration projects.
Monitor Fisher Restoration - $20,000
The goal of this project was to release a total of 100 fishers into the Olympic National Park, over the course of three years, starting in 2008. Results from monitoring these releases will not only add to scientists' understanding of fisher in the ecosystem, but will be used to refine and adjust future releases within the park.
Study and Protect Roosevelt Elk -$25,000
Olympic National Park is home to the iconic Roosevelt Elk. A significant monitoring project using GPS radio collars was launched in 2009-2010 through Washington's National Park Fund.
Assess Olympic Marmot Population - $26,300
Study results from this project will enhance our knowledge base of the connection between marmot ecology and climate change, and inform natural resource management decisions in the park.
Fisher Reintroduction Monitoring and Education Project - $40,000
This project was the beginning the reintroduction of a once-thriving species that has been extinct in Washington State for over 80 years. This project monitored the survival, movements, and broad scale landscape selection patterns of released fishers. Additionally, funding supported outreach, education and citizen science so the public could participate in and learn about the conservation of an imperiled native species.
Elwha Dam Removal/Restoration Project Traveling Exhibit - $55,000
Park staff worked to provide a comprehensive, national-level Elwha education program to help the citizens of our nation understand the significance of this important restoration project. The Elwha Education package interprets more than just the story of the ecological restoration of a watershed; it also tells the story of a broader community of citizens whose values changed over time. It is a story that weaves together the voices of many groups and demonstrates how over time, our nation makes decisions that affect our ecological, economical, and social fabric.
Thank you donors and friends for all your support!