New Leadership For Friends of ONP

hurricanejune11With annual elections recently completed, two new board members and a new slate of officers have assumed leadership responsibility for the Friends of Olympic National Park (The Friends).


Former Olympic National Park superintendent David Morris has been elected to serve as president of the Board of Directors, and former park volunteer coordinator Ray Lovely has been elected vice president. Long-standing board members Karen Jensen and Dan Peacock are continuing in their roles as secretary and treasurer, respectively. Two newly elected board members, Dave Colthorp and Paul Gleeson, join long-time members Rod Farlee and Jim Hoare on the Board of Directors. Colthorp, a lifelong Port Angeles resident, retired in 2010 as Buildings & Campgrounds Supervisor, following a 33-year career at Olympic National Park. Gleeson, who first came to the Olympic Peninsula in the 1960s as a student working on the Ozette archeological site, retired from the position of Chief of Cultural Resources at Olympic National Park in 2011 after a 26-year National Park Service career. Returning board members Farlee, Hoare, Jensen and Peacock together bring extensive organizational background based their many years of strong Friends leadership.

The Friends is a Washington state nonprofit corporation established in 2001 to: “support Olympic NP in preserving the park’s natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of present and future generations. The Friends of Olympic National Park promotes understanding of the park’s ecological, education, economic and recreational importance and work with Olympic National Park on special projects”. Over the years they have taken the lead in working with park staff in presenting the popular Perspectives lecture series, taking an active role in the annual Washington Coast Cleanup at Duc Point, organizing volunteer events and providing support and assistance to other park events and projects. The Friends currently has 267 members. The organization publishes a newsletter, website and Facebook page for its membership and the general public.

According to Morris, “Our Board of Directors is excited to build on the excellent traditions established by our predecessors and colleagues. I’d like to find ways to energize our existing members, identify new member constituencies, and enhance community awareness of what we do. Working with Olympic National Park staff and volunteers will continue to be the key element in carrying out our mission.”

Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum is supportive of this agenda, adding “We appreciate the interest and support of the Friends of Olympic National Park. We look forward to building on the strong foundation that’s been established and to working with the board and membership to bring our partnership to a new level.”

For more information about the Friends of Olympic National Park, interested people may visit their website at


Image/Olympic National Park, Hurricane Ridge Web Cam
Tuesday, June 11, 2013/9:31am
Elevation 5,242
Temp 38.3 F