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NEWS RELEASE National Park Service Department of the Interior

(360) 565-3005
Prepared September 28, 2001

Wilderness Users Asked to Join Park in Protecting Newly Restored Trail and Camp Areas

Thanks to work done by volunteers from the Washington Trails Association and Wilderness Volunteers, and by Olympic National Park staff, trails in Royal Basin have been restored and improved. A grant from the Washington State NOVA program, along with revenue from the park's fee program, have helped fund the restoration effort.

Extensive work has already been completed on the Royal Basin trail. Improvements such as new footlogs and the placement of additional gravel, will improve the trail tread and make it less prone to erosion. Eighteen thousand native plants, all grown in the park's greenhouse, will be planted in the Royal Basin area this fall. The project will be completed next year, when the campsites at Royal Basin will be improved and more clearly delineated.

"We are very grateful to the volunteers who have worked so hard to renew this beautiful area," said Superintendent David Morris. "We now ask for backcountry visitors to help us protect this area, by cooperating with several changes in our backcountry regulations."

In order to better protect this sensitive area, which is home to a number of rare plant species, the park asks for public cooperation in observing the following changes.

Wilderness use permits for overnight camping in Royal Basin are no longer available at the trailhead and must be obtained from the Wilderness Information Center. Campers must camp in designated campsites in Royal Basin. A quota will be in effect from May 1 September 30 to ensure all campers have a campsite.

The Royal Basin trail has been re-classified from an all-purpose trail to a foot trail only. Stock animals are prohibited, in order to protect the several types of rare plants present in Royal Basin

For more information about wilderness camping in Olympic National Park, or to obtain a wilderness permit, people are encouraged to call the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 565-3100.

Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, Washington 98362

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