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.
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.
Everett Herald
One of the best ways to learn about the Olympic National Parks to read Tim McNulty's natural history guide. He creates a portrait of the park from coast to rain forest and snow—covered peaks in his usual graceful style, weaving stories of science and history and nature.
Seattle Post—Intelligencer
Tim McNulty carries readers along with a combination of intimate knowledge and unbounded enthusiasm.
History Link
Tim McNulty's excellent natural history of the Olympic National Park is back in a revised and up-to-date edition. Contained within one compact volume is an incredibly thorough and readable history..McNulty's natural talents as a poet and essayist are put to good use in this all-in-one source..This book, ambitious in both scope and detail, remains the definitive book on the topic..ideal for travelers to the park itself as well as for students of history, lovers of nature, and for those who share the enormous love and reverence that Tim McNulty has for the Olympic National Park.
The Sequim Gazette
Pick any page... and start reading. Instead of stuffy prose and highly technical terms, you'll find a warm conversational tone. [This] book packs an encyclopedic range of information about Olympic National Park's natural history.
Cascadia Weekly
Read McNulty's book to understand how the Olympics, and our comprehension of them, are evolving. As McNulty points out, 'the mountains and rivers remain timeless, but our understanding of the life forms that inhabit them—and the effects our actions have on their future—is an ongoing, ever-deepening story.'.
Seattle City Living
There are natural histories, and then there are highly readable natural histories. McNulty's is the latter.... The Olympic National Park is a magical place—and this is its book.
Douglasia: Journal of the Washington Native Plant Society
Anyone interested in the outdoors will want to add Olympic National Park: A Natural History to their library. It sure makes me want to get on my hiking books and head out to further explore and experience the diverse beauty of the Olympic Mountains.
Peninsula Daily News
A sweeping update of the original... loaded with drama.
The Port Townsend Leader
A must-have for serious peninsula explorers.
Wildlife Activist
A great guide to help you plan your trip or interpret what you see while you are there.
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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)

Meet the Author

Tim McNulty is a poet and nature writer living in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains.

University of Washington Press

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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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