Preserving Olympic National Park
*Update (January 2018): In December 2017, the final sale went through and the National Park Service took possession of the property; it is now part of Olympic National Park.*
As we begin the second century of the National Park Service, NPT is setting our sights on the preservation of Lake Quinault in Olympic National Park (WA) – a park preservation project of just under 0.5 acres. Although small in size, it is big in ecological significance.
The parcel is surrounded on three sides by Olympic National Park and Forest. It is the only parcel in that block that does not belong to the National Park Service. The acquisition will keep it in its natural state by preventing further development along that portion of the stream and it will protect water quality for the Quinault River. The lake and river system support populations of sockeye, chum and Chinook salmon as well as steelhead, bull and Dolly Varden trout. The Quinault National Fish Hatchery, downstream from the lake, raises salmon and steelhead which populate the river. All deserve protection. Click here to learn more about this project.
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