Olympic National Forest encompasses the varied landscape of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula from lush rain forests to deep canyons to high mountain ridges to ocean beaches. This diverse and scenic forest reaches the mid elevations of the Olympic Mountains, surrounding Olympic National Park.
Andrew Bower, US Forest Service (FS) Region 6 Geneticist, collaborated with Royal Botanic Gardens Kew scientist Michael Way in a joint US-UK seed collecting expedition September 2016 for genetic conservation of several Pacific Northwest conifer species. Seed from this expedition will be deposited in the USDA ARS National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, CO as well as the Millenium Seed Bank in the U.K. as part of the Kew’s Global Tree Seed Bank Project.
This October Olympic National Forest is honoring the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, which was signed on October 16th, 1966 and ensures that cultural history is taken into consideration so that sites can continue to be enjoyed and convey the history of the area. View historic highlights.