Olympic National Park: A Natural History

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In this thoroughly revised edition of a classic natural history, Tim McNulty returns his gaze to the Olympic National Park: 1,400 square miles of rugged mountains and wilderness in the heart of the Olympic Peninsula. By examining the effects of global warming and its rapid changes throughout the region alongside current archaeological discoveries that shed new light on the early people of the peninsula, McNulty brings together our past and future.

McNulty also tells the stories of the Olympic National Park's animal populations, from marmots and black bears to the reintroduction of fishers and the prospect of reintroducing wolves. He then looks at the resurgence of bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and the burgeoning sea otter populations rejuvenating coastal ecosystems. Finally, McNulty explores the restoration of the Elwha River, the removal of salmon-blocking dams, and salmon recovery efforts across the peninsula.

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This paperback isn't just a guidebook. Tim McNulty's Olympic National Park opens wide windows into the region's past, present, and future. Now thoroughly revised, this 384-page natural history uses scores of examples to show how global warming, reclamation efforts, and human settlements have affected this 1,400-square-mile ecosystem. Poet/nature writer McNulty displays a rare combination of expertise, graceful writing, and commitment to the environment.
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A detailed natural history guide to Washington State's Olympic National Park, one of the world's richest old-growth forest preserves containing over 1,400 square miles of mountains, valleys, and wild coastline. Includes color photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570611681
  • Publisher: Sasquatch Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.79 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

An Island of Rivers
Pt. 1 The Mountains
1 Shuffled Texts of Stone 1
2 Legacies of Ice 19
3 The High-Country Year 43
Pt. 2 The Forest
4 The Rain Forest 61
5 The Old-Growth Forest Community 79
6 The Lives of Olympic Rivers 99
Pt. 3 The Coast
7 Life at the Edge of Land and Sea 121
8 Seabirds and Mammals of the Outer Coast 145
Pt. 4 Humans and the Landscape
9 Footprints on the Land 179
10 Protection for Olympic's Wildlands 207
Visitor's Information 227
General Information 227
Where to See Wildflowers 229
Where to See Old-Growth Forest 230
Where to See Wildlife 233
Species Checklists 237
Chapter Notes 250
Bibliography 262
Index 268
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