Olympic Mountain Lush Stream

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A cascading creek of icy snowmelt creates an idyllic scene rushing over emerald moss-covered rocks to reach the Sol Duc River. <br />
Park rangers must guard against poachers who scalp the forest of mosses and ferns for sale to florists and nurseries. Thieves that are more brazen cut down and haul away red cedar trees. Eleven major river systems drain the Olympic Mountains. In 1988, Congress designated 95% of Olympic National Park's 922,650 acres as Wilderness.
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A cascading creek of icy snowmelt creates an idyllic scene rushing over emerald moss-covered rocks to reach the Sol Duc River.
Park rangers must guard against poachers who scalp the forest of mosses and ferns for sale to florists and nurseries. Thieves that are more brazen cut down and haul away red cedar trees. Eleven major river systems drain the Olympic Mountains. In 1988, Congress designated 95% of Olympic National Park's 922,650 acres as Wilderness.
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