Who We Are



What We Do







News and Publications



ONRC webcam
Live from Forks, Washington! View of Forks through trees at ONRC
Image updated every ten minutes


ONRC facility
ONRC staff
ONRC education

Welcome to the Olympic Natural Resources Center

Announcing The Learning Forest Newsletter Inaugural Issue

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to announce the inaugural issue of the newsletter The Learning Forest.  

This publication is a collaborative effort between the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) Research and Monitoring Program at Washington Department of Natural Resources and the University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC). Through this newsletter, we will share scientific advancements and innovations in managing lands for multiple objectives such as habitat conservation, timber harvest, recreation, long-term productivity, and resilience. Although the geographic focus is the OESF, featured topics will be relevant to land management questions across the Olympic Peninsula, Washington state, and beyond.

The newsletter will be published electronically twice a year and will be distributed via email as an attachment and  posted on DNR’s OESF and ONRC websites. The first issue is attached to this email and is available online here.

If you wish to receive future issues of the newsletter, please subscribe via the following link: http://eepurl.com/cLqmg5 and follow the two-step process of subscription and verification (it take only couple minutes).

The newsletter editorial board would appreciate your feedback on this new publication. Please email comments and questions to the OESF Research and Monitoring Manager, Teodora Minkova at Teodora.Minkova@dnr.wa.gov, the ONRC Director, Bernard Bormann at bormann@uw.edu, or the newsletter editor, Cathy Chauvin at Cathy.Chauvin@dnr.wa.gov.

Best Regards,

Teodora Minkova, Ph.D.
Research and Monitoring Manager for Olympic Experimental State Forest


Large-scale experiment on the rural Olympic Peninsula (T3-OESF) Collaborative Workspace is now being implemented!

We at ONRC are now in the process of implementing an online workspace where participants in the Large-scale experiment on the rural Olympic Peninsula can exchange information, data, and maps.

Access to the T3-OESF Project online workspace by going here.


From The Director

The University of Washington's Olympic Natural Resources Center located on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks, Washington provides scientific information and services to address critical issues relating to forestry and aquatic resources. It serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary and collaborative work, bringing expertise from forestry, ocean, and fishery sciences together with local commercial interests for the benefit of the rural and urban communities on Washigton's outer coast. By integrating research with education and outreach, it unites researchers, students, professionals, local stakeholders, and the public.

I welcome you to browse our website and learn about our resources and activities.

Bernard Bormann
Center Director









Read the latest posts from Geocachers at the Forks Geocache web page. The cache contains items from Geocachers from around the world, ONRC, the City of Forks, and other Forks community members. It is located along a small 2-mile long trail system, in a western hemlock forested area, less than 1/2 mile south of downtown Forks.