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Olympic National Park
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Type of site: Natural
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Date of Inscription: 1981
Location: North America, United States of America, State of Washington
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Description: Olympic National Park, situated in the north-west of Washington State, is celebrated for its ecosystem diversity. Extensive alpine meadows intermingling with glacier-clad peaks contained by a widespread old growth forest, in the middle of which sits the Pacific Northwest’s finest example of an undamaged and protected temperate rainforest. The Olympic Mountains are drained by eleven chief river systems, presenting a few of the country’s best habitats for anadromous fish species. The longest undeveloped coast in the contiguous United States stretches some 100 km along the park presenting a wilderness coastline; it is affluent in local and endemic animal and plant species, among them significant populations of the endangered northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet and bull trout. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Olympic National Park is located in the U.S. state of Washington, in the Olympic Peninsula. The park can be divided into three basic regions: the Pacific coastline, the Olympic Mountains, and the temperate rainforest. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Olympic National Monument in 1909 and after Congress voted to authorize a redesignation to National Park status, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the legislation in 1938. In 1976, Olympic National Park became an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 it was designated a World Heritage Site. In 1988, almost all of the Olympic Peninsula was designated as the Olympic Wilderness, further enhancing the protection of the region. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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