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North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN)

Inventory & Monitoring at
Olympic National Park

Snorkelers conducting Fish Assemblages Monitoring in an Olympic NP river
Snorkelers conducting Fish Assemblages Monitoring in an Olympic NP river
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Olympic National Park encompasses 922,651 acres (373,397 ha) in the center of Washington's Olympic Peninsula and includes a 60-mile strip of wilderness coastline on the Pacific Ocean. Ranging from sea level to almost 8,000 ft (2,435 m), Olympic National Park encompasses a broad gradient of habitats.

The Olympic Mountains intercept moisture-laden Pacific winds, resulting in a significant rainshadow effect. Olympic National Park is the wettest spot in the conterminous United States; the west slopes of Mount Olympus receive about 200 inches (508 cm) of precipitation per year, while less than 34 miles to the east, precipitation is less than 20 inches (50.3 cm) per year. Park ecosystems range from the rich intertidal zone, to rainforests, montane forests, alpine meadows, and glaciers. Temperate rainforests blanket the western slopes of the mountains, while alpine tundra conditions prevail in the dry, northeast section of the park.

Monitoring Conducted at Olympic National Park

 

Park Species List

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What's the difference?

A Checklist contains only those species that are designated as "present" or "probably present" in the park.

The Full List with Details includes all the Checklist species plus species that are unconfirmed, historically detected, or incorrectly reported in the park. The Full List also contains species that are "in review" because their status in the park hasn't been fully determined. Additional details about the status of each species is included in the Full List.

The Checklist will almost always contain fewer species than the Full List.

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Air Quality
Amphibians
Climate
Fish
Geologic
Landbirds
Mammals
Vegetation

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Climate
Elk
Fish Assemblages
Forest Vegetation
Intertidal
Landbirds
Landscape Dynamics
Mountain Lakes
Subalpine/Alpine Vegetation
Water Quality

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