Reintroducing Fishers to the Olympic National Park

Project Description

This project restored Pacific fisher to Washington State by reestablishing fisher populations in Olympic National Park, Olympic National Forest and other suitable habitats on the Olympic peninsula.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Jefferson County, WA
Project Size:
  • 1982502.0 acres

Project Sites

  • Olympic Peninsula

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Public Benefit
  • Conservation Mission
    It is the mission of Conservation Northwest to protect and connect wildlife habitat from the Washington Coast to the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.

Primary Goals:

  • To establish a reproductive population in one of the three reintroduction areas within the Olympic Recovery Area, which includes Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest.
    Progress: We have reintroduced 38 fisher into the Olympic National Park and preparing monitoring plans to determine reproductive success at den sites.

Consistent With Plans:

  • Species Recovery Plan
  • State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Conifer Forests
      • Western Hemlock - Western Red Cedar Forest
      • Subalpine (Spruce-Fir) Forest and Woodland
      • Mixed Conifer (Grand Fir/White fir/Douglas Fir/Pine) Forest
      • Douglas-fir - Western Hemlock Forest
      • Coastal Spruce, Port Orford Cedar or Redwood Forest
      • Silver Fir - Mountain Hemlock Montane Forest
    • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
      • Big Leaf Maple, Black Oak, or White Oak with Conifer Forest

Targeted Species:

  • Fisher Martes pennanti

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Reintroduce native species Completed 2007 2010
Vertebrate monitoring In Progress 2007 2010
Research In Progress 2007 2010


Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
Remote cameras will be installed to monitor fisher den activity

Lessons Learned and/or Suggestions for Similar Activities
Partnerships between NGOs and State Wildlife agencies offer great promise in promoting the recovery and conservation of endangered species.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Wildlife Conservation Society

Managing Organization

Conservation Northwest
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Dave Werntz (Science and Conservation Director)
Conservation Northwest

General Information

Project #: 1789
Last Updated: January 17, 2011

Project Relations


Olympic National Park
US Geological Survey
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Conservation Northwest Fisher Homecoming
Mid Winter Release
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Fisher Reintroduction

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