The Olympic National Forest is located in the northwestern corner of Washington state.
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Windows on the Past; Celebrating 50 years of the Preservation Act

Interrorem Guard Station House, April, 1937 is a window to the past.   

This October 2016 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

Olympic National Forest Wildland Seed Collection

Flowers from Olympic NF seeds, blooming at Forest Service nursery in Medford

Did you know the US Forest Service collects native seeds? Saving and growing seed from native plants helps us restore areas that have been disturbed or that need rehabilitation. Cheryl Bartlett, Olympic National Forest Botanist, explains her seed collection projects.

Emerging Fungal Pathogens Threaten Wild Salamanders, July 2016

Long-toed salamander, by Jasmine Budrow.

The Pacific Northwest is rich in many salamander species which are crucial in the process of forest carbon cycling. Salamanders are at risk from a number of threats, including habitat loss, wildlife trade, invasive species, and, most recently, fungal pathogens.


Pacific Northwest seed collection tour fall 2015

Man climbs high into the tree canopy to collect seeds.

In the fall of 2015 US Forest Service Geneticist Andrew Bower accompanied representatives from the United Kingdom Forestry Commission’s Bedgebury Pinetum, Westonbirt Arboretum, and the Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum as they traveled through the Pacific NW to collect seed from trees and shrubs for propagation and long-term genetic conservation.

What does a wildlife biologist do?


Wildlife biologists monitor changes in our environment. They are often the first to recognize changes in the forest. In this video wildlife biologist Betsy Howell as she talks about her job and what a wildlife biologist does to help manage our national forestlands.


Nature Notebook

Recently laid northwestern salamander eggs a bit early this year.jpg

Betsy Howell shares wildlife sightings from around the forest and gives tips on what to look for depending on the season. What signs of wildlife can you spot?


Roosevelt Elk habitat enhancement & remote camera monitoring


Olympic National Forest has long been working to improve elk foraging habitat on the Forest by encouraging the growth of forage. Remote cameras are used to monitor wildlife use in these areas. 



Return of the Fisher King

Photo of a Fisher by Betsy Howell.


Pekania pennanti, or the Pacific fisher, disappeared from Washington State early in the last century. This housecat-size member of the Weasel family was trapped for its fine fur and suffered from the loss of the old growth forests it prefers; it now resides on the Washington State endangered species list. Learn more about the Olympic peninsula fisher & it's reintroduction to the forest.

Climate Change

Swallowtail butterfly in the grass

Land management has been traditionally based on the precept that future environmental conditions will mirror past conditions. Today we can no longer assume that precipitation will fall in the same amounts and during the same time of year as in the past. This case study provides a place-based example of how agencies and groups can work together.


The Great Washington State Birding Trail - Olympic Loop

Front of the GuideThe Great Washington State Birding Loop is a self-guided driving tour using a custom map with information on each site about habitat, access, bird species, best season(s), and amenities.

Laugh and Learn!

Laugh and Learn icon.Laugh and learn with this interactive tour with the Olympic Habitat Development Study.


Olympic National Forest Rules and Regulations

Regulations vary by land management agency, by activity, and by area visiting. Learn what rules and regulations apply to the Olympic Natinal Forest.

Outdoor Safety

The 10 essentials, crime prevention tips, information about hypothermia and more.