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Celebrating 30 Years of Accomplishments: Olympic National Park

Celebrating 30 Years of Accomplishments

Olympic National Park

Lake Quinault, Olympic National Park

Over the past 30 years, National Park Trust has undertaken and accomplished many projects to preserve parks. Here is an early example. 

In 1990, National Park Trust negotiated to acquire two separate properties on the shore of Lake Quinault in Washington State’s Olympic National Park. The properties, 3.17 and 3.05 acres respectively, helped preserve an undeveloped scenic forest buffer around a private cove and point on the lake and along the North Shore Road of Lake Quinault. The properties included a vigorous stand of young growth Douglas-fir and hemlock as well as old growth forest of cedar and spruce, prime habitat for the endangered spotted owl.

NPT acquired the properties with funds provided through a grant from the Hewlett Foundation and from the Trust’s Land Acquisition Revolving Fund. 

1990 happens to be the year that NPT was spun out of NPCA as an independent non-profit with its own Board of Trustees. John Rollins, one of those founding board members, remembers well NPT’s board meeting that year in Olympic—the Trust’s first board meeting ever held in a park. “Olympic is one of my favorite parks and we all stayed at the rustic Lake Quinault Lodge. Our visit to the inholding we had purchased for NPS was exhilarating not only because of the majesty of the forest but also because we were saving the habitat of the most publicized endangered species of the time, the spotted owl.” Rollins is the only founding board member still serving as a trustee.