The Olympic National Forest is located in the northwestern corner of Washington state.
Where is this Forest?


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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 for two weeks of their 3 week trip. They traveled through Washington, Oregon, and California to collect seed from trees and shrubs for propagation in their home arboreta, and for long-term genetic conservation at the Millennium Seed Bank run by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

What does a wildlife biologist do?

Nature Notebook

Black bear caught on camera eating fresh grass .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?


Return of the Fisher King

Photo of an elusive fisher

Once upon a time there was an elusive creature that roamed the Olympic forests at night. A creature as elusive as its name, it’s been called black cat, fisher cat, pecan, pequam, wejack, and woods-otter...

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.

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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.