Olympic National Park

A Natural History

Tim McNulty

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  • Published: 2009
  • Subject Listing: Nature and Environment; Travel
  • Bibliographic information: 384 pp., 90 illus., 40 in color, 6 x 9 in.
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In this thoroughly revised edition, 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 prospect of reintroducing wolves, he then looks at the resurgence of bald eagles, peregrine falcons, and the burgeoning sea otter populations rejuvenating the coastal ecosystems. Finally, the restoration of the Elwha River, the removal of salmon-blocking dams, and salmon recovery efforts across the peninsula are bringing wildlife back to the wilderness.
Tim McNulty is a poet and nature writer living in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains.
An Island of River

Part 1: The Mountains
1. Shuffled Texts of Stone
2. Legacies of Ice
3. The High Country Year

Part 2: The Forest
4. The Rain Forest
5. The Old-Growth Forest Community
6. The Lives of Olympic Rivers

Part 3: The Coast
7. Life at the Edge of Land and Sea
8. Seabirds and Mammals of the Outer Coast

Part 4: Humans and the Landscape
9. Footprints on the Land
10. Protection for Olympic's Wildlands

Visitor's Information
General Information
Where to See Wildflowers
Where to See Old-Growth Forests
Where to See Wildlife
Species Checklists

"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."
-History Link

"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.' ."
-Cascadia Weekly

"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."
-Seattle City Living

"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."
-Douglasia: Journal of the Washington Native Plant Society

"A sweeping update of the original . . . loaded with drama."
-Peninsula Daily News

"A must-have for serious peninsula explorers."
-The Port Townsend Leader

"A great guide to help you plan your trip or interpret what you see while you are there."
-Wildlife Activist

"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."
-Everett Herald

"Tim McNulty carries readers along with a combination of intimate knowledge and unbounded enthusiasm."
-Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"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."
-The Sequim Gazette