Olympic Natural Resources Center

The University of Washington Olympic Natural Resources Center located on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks, Washington, provides scientific information to address critical issues and solve problems concerning forestry and marine sciences in the region.

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Marine Based Economic Resources on the Washington Coast

The Washington Working Coast project is an economic assessment of marine based resources on the Washington Coast, including Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, Pacific, and Wahkiakum Counties. A group of University of Washington Graduate Students pursuing the Environmental Management Certificate from the Program on the Environment are taking the lead on this project. Read more.

Outer Washington Coast Anadromous Fish Habitat Intrinsic Potential Modeling

Over the last three years (as of January, 2015), the University of Washington | Olympic Natural Resources Center (ONRC) has partnered with Wild Salmon Center (WSC) and Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Parnership (WCSSP) to implement Intrinsic Potential (IP) modeling for five species of anadromous fish along the Outer Coast of Washington State (OWC):

The latest work on the OWC IP Modeling Project involves modeling the entire Outer Washington Coast WRIAs 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24. This work is now completed. WRIA 19 will soon be added as Washington Department of Natural Resources (WaDNR) comes on board as the newest partner in this effort.

Many thanks to Mindi Sheer at Northwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA for her invaluable contributions to this effort! She has since left for a new future in North Carolina and we will miss her immensly valuable guidence!

IP modeling has now been expanded to include all coastal basins, 182 HUC12s in all, with a similar scope as the analytical layer developed for the Coastal Landscape Analysis and Modeling (CLAMS), a similar sized project on the Oregon Coast. Terrain Works, formerly Earth Systems Institute (ESI), has provided NetMap software developed for watershed analysis and database work for this effort.

ONRC Geocache

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.