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Olympic National Park is administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The National Park Service was established by Congress in 1916 “to promote and regulate the use of the . . . national parks, monu‑ ments and reservations” in accordance with their purpose, which “is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein . . . by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.”

Olympic National Forest is administered by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Supervisor, along with District Rangers, is responsible for managing the Forest’s renewable resources ‑ water, forage, tim‑ ber, recreation and wildlife, as directed by Congress, under the principles of Multiple Use and Sustained Yield.

On Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula visitors and residents alike stand in awe of the white capped Olympic Mountains, the forests of Olympic National Park and the saltwater beaches from Olympic Marine Sanctuary to Olympia that define the peninsula. Visitors trek here from around the world to marvel at the peninsula’s beauty and enjoy its many recreational pleasures. The tallest peak of the Olympic Mountains is Mt. Olympus, named after Greece’s Mt. Olympus, where the first Olympic Games were held over 2000 years ago. Washington’s peak is known as the “Home of the Gods”, named by Capt. John Meares in 1788 with these words: “If that not be the home where dwell the gods, it is certainly beautiful enough to be, and I therefore will call it Mt. Olympus.” During the subsequent centuries the peaks surrounding the summit have been officially named after Greek and Roman gods: Apollo, Aries, Athena, Hermes, Mercury, Poseidon and after Norse gods Thor, Woden, Frigga, and Baldur to name just a few. Even before the white men arrived here the native peoples shared legends of their own gods who dwelt atop the peninsula’s snow covered mountains. Thunderbird was a native god who lived in his lair on the mountain, from which he came down to feed the people. One story has Thunderbird swoop down to pluck a whale from the ocean and lay it on the beach during a time of famine. As you travel around the Olympic Peninsula and experience the grandeur of this majestic place —the forests, the mountains and the beaches—you will open your own door into “the home where dwell the gods” and celebrate the natural bounty bestowed upon the first people by Thunderbird.

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