Olympic National Park Open House Aug. 29

In celebration and gratitude for area communities’ support and collaboration during the 75-year history of Olympic National Park, Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum invites the public to an open house at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center.

“We’ve been very honored by the outpouring of congratulations and well-wishes during the park’s 75th anniversary year,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “We hope our neighbors and fellow community members will stop by the open house so that we can honor and thank them for their years of support for Olympic National Park.”

Members of area communities are warmly invited to stop by the Olympic National Park Visitor Center between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 29. No formal remarks or presentations are planned, but Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum and other members of the Olympic National Park staff will be on hand to greet and thank all attendees. Olympic National Park was established 75 years ago, on June 29, 1938, when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the bill that founded the park.

As defined in the bill establishing the park, the purpose of Olympic National Park is to:

“… preserve for the benefit, use and enjoyment of the people, the finest sample of primeval forests of Sitka spruce, western hemlock, Douglas fir, and western red cedar in the entire United States; to provide suitable winter range and permanent protection for the herds of native Roosevelt elk and other wildlife indigenous to the area; to conserve and render available to the people, for recreational use, this outstanding mountainous country, containing numerous glaciers and perpetual snow fields and a portion of the surrounding verdant forest together with a narrow string along the beautiful Washington coast.”

Olympic National Park protects 922,651 acres of three distinctly different ecosystems — rugged glacier-capped mountains, more than 70 miles of wild Pacific coast, and magnificent stands of old-growth and temperate rain forest.

More information about Olympic National Park, including images and a timeline tracking its first 75 years, is available at the park’s website, http://www.nps.gov/olym

Olympic National Park News Release