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Because of your support, Olympic National Park has accomplished the following projects. These simply would not have happened without the generous support of individuals, corporations, foundations, those who gave estate gifts, guests at the park lodges, donors to the park donation boxes, license plates purchasers, and more.

On behalf of Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum and the entire staff, THANK YOU!!


Olympic National Park Funded Projects

Go Pro Cameras

2016 Funding Priority | Amount needed $747 | FUNDED

Kalaloch Ranger Station

2016 Funding Priority | Amount needed $19,275 | FUNDED

Spirit Award

2016 Funding Priority | Amount needed $500 | FUNDED

Spruce Railroad Trail

2016 Funding priority | Amount needed $20,000 | FUNDED

Dark Skies Interpretation Support

2015 Funding Priorities | Amount Needed $13,000 | FUNDED

Project Archives

2012 Projects

These projects were made possible by generous gifts from donors to Washington’s National Park Fund.

Olympic National Park: $145,000 TOTAL


Hurricane Ridge Road Winter Access: Year 2 – $50,000


Youth Programs in Olympic National Park (ongoing support) – $9,150


Citizen Science: Olympic Marmot Monitoring Year 3- $10,300
Started in 2010 with the generous support from WNPF donors, the Olympic Marmot Monitoring project just completed a very successful second year.  In 2011 over 90 volunteers in 38 groups visited sites throughout the park, in spite of this year’s record snowfall.  New this year we were able to add enhanced outreach and improve our volunteer recruitment through the projects website.  The website was a joint effort between NPS staff and WNPF volunteers.


How Healthy are the Elk? – $5,500
From 2008- 2010 we captured over 50 elk to equip them with radio collars in order to gain better information on elk movement patterns and design a more accurate census method.  For each elk we captured we also took advantage of the opportunity to gather biological samples for future analysis to get a better understanding of the health of elk in the park.  We are asking for funds to support performing those analysis now that the capture operations are complete.Among the analysis we will run are:  age, parasites, exposure to diseases such as leptospirosis, para tuberculosis, and Jonnes disease.


Elk Research Collars – $40,050
This large gift was given by one corporation who strongly supported the research being done at Olympic National Park.


Mountain Goats Study – $5,000
There are over 30 linear feet of archival materials gathered during the height of the mountain goat controversy in the Olympic National Park collection. These records relate to the review of the scientific research on the goat impacts to part high country habitats, the question of whether goats were historically present in the Olympic Mountains, and park mountain goat management. This issue resurfaced with the death of a hiker from an aggressive mountain goat in 2010. These documents are providing the historical context for past park management actions regarding mountain goats. The collection is generally organized by record, type, but requires creation of a finding aid, archival housing, and cataloging. This project will ensure that these collections are preserved in the park archives for future use by park management and outside researches.


Glacier Meadow Ranger Station – $17,000
Replace yurt, used as Ranger Station, at Glacier Meadows, the platform it stands on and helicopter time to fly new station materials into site and remove old station.


Alternative Trip Guide – $8,000
Brochure highlights public transportation for Olympic National Park that identifies existing public transportation providers and describes routes and connections for key park destinations.

2011 Projects

These projects were made possible by generous gifts from donors to Washington’s National Park Fund.

Olympic National Park: $116,000 TOTAL


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.


2010 Projects

These projects were made possible by generous gifts from donors to Washington’s National Park Fund.

Olympic National Park: $103,280 TOTAL


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.


2009 Projects

These projects were made possible by generous gifts from donors to Washington’s National Park Fund.

Olympic Park: $71,300 TOTAL


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.


2008 Projects

These projects were made possible by generous gifts from donors to Washington’s National Park Fund.

Olympic Park: $95,000 TOTAL


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.