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The Sea Star Die-off

Last summer, an ecologist noticed sea stars dying on the outer coast of the Olympic Peninsula. Since then, 80 percent of the starfish population has disintegrated due to a mysterious syndrome scientists call sea star wasting.

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Bang for Your Buck

Cheap Week Seattle: August 25–31

The National Park Service turns 98 and a chance to chat with renowned concert poster artists: the best ways to spend your week without spending much

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Northwest Travel Dispatch

Winter 2013 Travel News

What’s happening where, from Canada to Oregon to the end of the road.

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Get Out

Try This Trail: Grand Ridge

There's still time for a wildflower walk (and the views are worth it even if the flowers are gone).

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Legends of the Fallen

A magnificent Douglas fir stood for more than 300 years at the edge of the Olympic National Forest. When Reid Johnston looked at it, all he could see was money.

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Wildlife

Olympics Goat Death Leads to Lawsuit

Rangers consider removing the non-native species from the national park.

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Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: 10 Top Places to Visit in Olympic National Park

The 10 best places to visit in Olympic National Park: Ozette, Rialto Beach, Kalaloch, Hoh Rain Forest, Lake Quinault, Sol Duc, Lake Crescent, Elwha, Hurricane Ridge, and Staircase.

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Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Timeline of Olympic National Park

A history of Olympic National Park.

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Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Places to Stay in the Park

The best places to stay in Olympic National Park.

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Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Saving the Park

Helping to preserve Olympic National Park: Washington National Park Fund, Backcountry Horsemen of Washington, Student Conservation Association, Friends of Olympic National Park, and Olympic Park Institute.

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Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Follow the Ranger

Olympic National Park ranger Susannah “Sanny” Lustig leads us on a bear hunt.

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Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: The Marmot Brigade

This summer, more than 100 volunteers will scour Olympic National Park for evidence of Marmota olympus, our own special marmot.

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Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Essential Rain Gear

Essential rain gear for Olympic National Park.

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Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Where the Wild Things Are

A field guide to the animals of Olympic National Park.

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Insider’s Guide to Olympic National Park: Poet of the Park

Tim McNulty serves as unofficial poet laureate of Olympic National Park.

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The Elwha’s Last Dam Summer

It began 25 years ago as a radical idea: destroying two dams to save the Elwha River. It ends this month as a commonsense solution. Gentlemen, start your jackhammers.

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Lodge Podge

Park once and play all weekend at four classic Northwest destinations: Lake Quinault Lodge, Columbia Gorge Hotel, Lakedale Resort, and Alpine Inn at Crystal Mountain.

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The End of the World

Boardwalks, beach marvels, native treasures, and salmon skins in the Northwest’s far northwest: the Ozette Loop of Olympic Peninsula.

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Let It Rain

A spring hike through the Olympic rain forest can be a muddy, waterlogged exercise in environmental immersion. And it’s wonderful.

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