Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Departmental Honors


Wildland Resources

First Advisor

Bernard Shanks

Second Advisor

Douglas D. Alder


Olympic National Park (ONP), a natural area 15% larger than Rhode Island, located on the Olympic Peninsula in northwestern Washington State, is a land of diverse contrasts and impressive beauty. It is also a land rich in natural resources (e.g. timber, water power, and recreational potential) that are strongly coveted by man. This dichotomy has led to a number of conflicts during the past hundred years over the policies directing the control, management, and use of this area. It is the purpose of this paper to examine the factors that have shaped that policy and to follow the changes that policy has undergone from the initial establishment of Olympic Forest Reserve in 1897 to the present day national park.