Olympic National Park hopes to expand

The National Park Service wants to expand Olympic National Park by purchasing 240 acres near Lake Ozette.

Park spokeswoman Barb Maynes said the service wants to pay the Cascade Land Conservancy about $663,000 for the property near the Pacific Coast. She said that’s what the Seattle-based conservation group paid in 2008 when it bought the land from a wood products company with the idea of adding it to the park.

Maynes said last week that the purchase would increase protection of sockeye salmon habitat at Umbrella Creek. The park is hearing public comment on the purchase until March 22 and hopes to close the deal by next year.

The Associated Press