New Elwha video gives behind-the-scenes look

Staff reportDecember 15, 2013 

The fifth webisode in the series “Restoring the Elwha River,” produced by Wings Over Watersheds, has been released. “Wonders Unveiled” takes viewers on a journey behind-the-scenes with scientists, project managers and key people involved in the Elwha River restoration project. The episode follows them as they explore and study the evolving landscapes and habitats unveiled as the reservoirs drain and the river returns as the dam removal continues.

Wings Over Watershed is a nonprofit organization focused on watershed education. Under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, Wings Over Watersheds will produce additional Web videos, a longer visitor center orientation film and a 60-minute documentary, according to a park news release.

The entire webisode series can be viewed on the Olympic National Park website at nps.gov/olym/naturescience/restorationoftheelwha.htm.

The removal of the two Elwha River dams is the largest project of its kind in U.S. history and is part of the landmark Elwha River Restoration project. When removal of the Ewha and Glines Canyon dams is completed, salmon and steelhead again will have access to more than 70 miles of unaltered river and pristine spawning habitat. The returning salmon are expected to help restore the river’s ecosystem and renew the culture of the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, who have long lived along the river.

For more information about the project, including links to project webcams and the dam removal blog, go to nps.gov/olym/naturescience/elwha-ecosystem-restoration.htm.

PARK HOLIDAY SALE

Discover Your Northwest, a partner with Olympic National Park, will hold its annual holiday sale through Dec. 24. The sale offers a wide variety of options from unique gifts from the Northwest to fun stocking stuffers.

Throughout the sale, customers will receive a 15 percent discount at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center bookstore. Discover Your Northwest members, as well as members of other national park cooperating organizations, are eligible to receive a 30 percent discount.

Along with books for children and adults, Discover Your Northwest sells maps, DVDs, stuffed animals, puppets, puzzles, games, calendars, posters and T-shirts. Among new items available are the film “Out of the Mist — Olympic Wilderness Stories” on DVD, a pop-up book of America’s National Parks, and river otter, sea lion, raven and bobcat kitten finger puppets.

The Olympic National Park annual pass and the America the Beautiful — National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Annual Pass will not be offered at discount prices.

The visitor center is located at 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles. The center is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.

Discover Your Northwest promotes the discovery of Northwest public lands, enriches the experience of visitors, and builds community stewardship of these special places today and for generations to come, a park release said. To fund its efforts, Discover Your Northwest operates on-site educational bookstores that provide visitors with high-quality books, toys, DVDs and other items that help them appreciate the natural and historical significance of the area.

At Olympic, the group funds publication of the park’s winter and summer newspapers as well as educational trail guides. The group also supports the park’s volunteer program, exhibits at visitor centers and the Perspectives Speakers’ Series.

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