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Olympic National Park celebrates two birthdays in 2013
It’s a big year for celebrations at Olympic National Park. June 29 marked the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Olympic National Park and Aug. 25 marks the 97th birthday of the National Park Service.
In recognition, Olympic National Park, along with all other national park service areas, will waive entrance fees for all visitors on Sunday, Aug. 25. Other park fees, including wilderness camping and campground fees, will remain in effect.
“Our national parks protect and preserve our country’s most treasured and historic places for the American people,” Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said. “On this special day, we invite you to experience and enjoy the unique and awe-inspiring landscape of Olympic National Park.”
With the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, The United States was the first country to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. When President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation that created the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916, there were 37 national parks. Today, the National Park Service cares for 401 national parks throughout the country – each one an important part of America's collective identity.
Established in 1938, Olympic National Park preserves, “for the benefit, use and enjoyment of the people,” some of the greatest ecological variety in the contiguous United States. The park encompasses three distinctly different ecosystems — rugged glacier-capped mountains, more than 70 miles of wild Pacific coast and magnificent stands of old-growth and temperate rain forest.
Each year, Olympic National Park welcomes nearly 3 million visitors and provides opportunities for discovery, recreation, solitude and learning. In turn, these visitors add an estimated $115 million annually to the local economy.