Olympic National Forest Suffers $8 Million in Storm Damage

December 17, 2007

The Olympic National Forest in Washington suffered an estimated $8 million in damage from the early December storm — and that’s just what rangers have found so far as they work to clear roads and trails.

More than 100 miles of recreation trails can’t be accessed until late spring after winter snow melts.

Road washouts exposed power and telephone cables, and creeks created new stream channels across many roads. Officials say restoring access to all roads in the Pacific Ranger District may take up to a year.

The national forest stretches across nearly 634,000 acres in Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor and Mason counties.

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