Upcoming World Heritage Webinar

Exploring Nature-Culture Relationships at Olympic National Park and World Heritage Site

February 29, 2024, 12 – 1 pm ET / 9 – 10 am PT



Join us to explore Nature-Culture relationships in Olympic National Park! We’ll discuss what attributes make the park of Outstanding Universal Value, touching on current conservation challenges as well as recent success stories.

Olympic National Park and World Heritage Site in Washington State is renowned for the diversity of its ecosystems, including glacier-clad peaks, extensive alpine meadows, and miles of wild coastline. Designated a national park in 1938, Olympic was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1981 for its remarkable beauty, vast protected temperate rainforest, and its complex and varied vegetation zones and habitats. The Olympic region has also served as a home to tribal peoples for over twelve thousand years, many of whom maintain traditional connections to the land and waters of the Park.

We invite you to join Superintendent Sula Jacobs and guests for a free webinar online to learn about the nature and culture that make up Olympic National Park and World Heritage Site. Topics will include dam removal, salmon run reconstruction, and indigenous heritage in the park.

Our Speakers

Sula Jacobs, Olympic National Park Superintendent

Jacobs began her NPS career as a management analyst with the office of the comptroller in the national office. She then went on to become an administrative officer at George Washington Memorial Parkway and later the assistant superintendent at Biscayne National Park. Jacobs then served as the superintendent at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park before assuming her current superintendent position which she has held since 2018. Throughout her NPS career, Jacobs has also served as acting deputy superintendent at Yosemite National Park and acting superintendent at Biscayne National Park. Jacobs has a master’s in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California at Berkeley, a bachelor’s in economics and East Asian studies from Washington and Lee University, and a graduate certificate in wilderness management from the University of Montana.

Patrick Crain, Senior Fisheries Biologist, Olympic National Park

Pat Crain has served as one of Olympic National Park’s senior fisheries biologists for twenty years. Prior to his service with the park, he worked as a fisheries biologist for Clallam County (2002 – 2004), the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe (1994 – 2002), the Point No Point Treaty Council (1989 – 1994), and the Metlakatla Indian Community (1985 – 1989). In these roles, Pat has worked on the Elwha Project continuously since 1989. He holds a BS (Forestry) and MS (Fisheries) from the University of Washington.