Olympic Natural Resources Center

Welcome from the ONRC Director

The University of Washington's Olympic Natural Resources Center located on the Olympic Peninsula in Forks, Washington provides scientific information and services to address critical issues relating to forestry and aquatic resources. It serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary and collaborative work, bringing expertise from forestry, ocean, and fishery sciences together with local commercial interests for the benefit of the rural and urban communities on Washington's outer coast. By integrating research with education and outreach, it unites researchers, students, professionals, local stakeholders, and the public. I welcome you to learn about our resources and activities.
Bernard Bormann
ONRC Director

ONRC, located in Forks on the Olympic Peninsula, serves as a catalyst for interdisciplinary and collaborative work, bringing expertise from forestry, ocean, and fishery sciences together with local commercial interests for the benefit of the rural and urban communities on Washington’s outer coast. The ONRC mission is to develop widely applicable methods and systems to revitalize both forests and rural communities, by connecting people with the forests, rivers, and coastlines of Washington that residents love and depend on.

Washington Rural Ecosystem Sustainability Team (WREST)

Housed within ONRC, the Washington Rural Ecosystem Sustainability Team (WREST) is composed of University of Washington faculty and graduate students, and ONRC staff.

Evening Talks at ONRC are funded through the Rosmond Forestry Education Fund. This is a new approach to move fully online. We welcome a variety of presenters, including graduate students. For more information contact Frank Hanson at 360-374-4556 or fsh2@uw.edu.

Latest Virtual Evening Talk

Through the trees and down the slopes to LTEP and T3 we go: A review of the ONRC 2020 field season

Washington Needlecast Working Group

The Olympic Natural Resources Center hosted the Fall meeting of the Washington Needlecast Working Group on October 27, 2020.  This working group was established, with funding from the Washington Legislature, to better assist and inform Washington State’s forest sector, landowners, policymakers, and the public at large about Swiss needle cast and its effects on forest management.  If you would like to join, please contact Sándor F. Tóth at toths@uw.edu.