Olympic Park Resource Recovery

Helping Support Resource Recovery

When the largest dam removal project opened miles of waterways, NPF dedicated funds to help with habitat restoration and connecting students to the efforts.

The removal of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in Olympic National Park, the largest dam removal project in U.S. history, reopened more than 70 miles of pristine salmon spawning and rearing habitat for the first time in over 100 years.

Salmon populations are predicted to swell from 3,000 to nearly 400,000 as all five species of Pacific salmon return to one of the Pacific Northwest's most productive salmon streams.

Through the Resource Recovery and Protection program, NPF has invested over $4 million to support the restoration, and through the Park Stewards program, students have helped germinate native species in greenhouses and will be used in habitat restoration projects once the dams are removed.