Monday, July 20, 2009

Jon Jarvis picked to lead Park Service

President Obama has tapped Jon Jarvis as his choice to lead the National Park Service. Jon is a career park service employee and understands the need to protect natural and cultural resources. It's expected that Jon will make addressing climate change and its impact upon national parks a top priority of his administration. Jon is also likely to support adding new parks and sites that contain nationally significant resources currently outside system.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Way In Town Hall Meetings: A Huge Success

On Thursday May 28th, NPCA completed its third and final Way In town hall at the North Cascades Institute in the heart of the Ross Lake National Recreation Area. Similar meetings had been held at Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks.The town halls were follow up meetings to a conference held last September in Seattle. The Way In series was designed to raise awareness about the threat fall flooding and storms pose to public enjoyment of and access to our national parks.

The follow up meetings were organized to get local input on how best to insure future enjoyment of these treasured lands in a way that is both ecologically and economically sustainable. NPCA will incorporate the feedback it received over the past several months into a final report, which will include suggestions on how best to maintain enjoyment.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Ken Burns Coming to Seattle

World renown film maker Ken Burns will be in Seattle on April 20th. The National Parks Conservation Association, the Student Conservation Association and the Washington Trails Association in concert with local PBS station KCTS are sponsoring a night with Ken at Seattle's Benaroya Hall. Ken will be screening segments of his upcoming 12 part documentary, National Parks: America's Best Idea.

Tickets are free and can be ordered here. Seating is limited so get yours today.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Mount Rainier + weather changes = unknown impacts

Backpacker magazine has a great piece on the changes recent storms have had on Mount Rainier. Specifically, changing weather patterns (rain on snow events) have created conditions that lead to more destructive floods.

Scientists expect this weather pattern to continue for the near future, and a concerned even more severe floods are possible.

The Washington's Parks and Forests Coalition is working with land management agencies to address impact these changes may have on public facilities, trails and campgrounds.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Washington National Parks Take on Climate Change

Washington's three national parks (Olympic, Mount Rainier, and North Cascades) are addressing climate change. The three parks are hosting individual workshops to educate the community partners and get their ideas on how our parks can reduce their carbon footprint. The workshops are sponsored by NPCA and will provide the Park Service with management tools and resources to address climate change.

The NPS released a video detailing some of the impacts global climate change may have on our Washington parks.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Putting Paradise Back Together

On Monday, January 26, the Student Conservation Association and Mount Rainier National Park gave a presentation about the Mount Rainier Recovery program at REI. Attendees heard from Mount Rainier Acting Superintendent Randy King, SCA’s President Dale Penny, and SCA’s Northwest Executive Jay A. Satz. Attendees were able to get up close and personal with the devastation wrought by the floods and storms of November/December, 2006 and the back-breaking work it took to put our Mountain back together again. Mount Rainier had 3,254 volunteers contribute 154,168 hours of service to help rebuild the roads, trails, historic structures and campsites that Mother Nature devoured.

In 2009, the Boeing Corporation funded for a second year the Washington Parks and Forests Coalition. Members of the Coalition include SCA, National Parks Conservation Association, and Washington Trails Association. These funds will help the organizations focus on additional work that needs to be done this year at Mount Rainier in partnership with the Park. To find out more about volunteer opportunities go to the Mount Rainier Volunteer Blog.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Gifford Pinchot Roads: It's Bad!

The Forest Service at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest just completed a roads damage assessment after the recent winter storms. In a couple words: its bad!

Trees block several roads, while others such as Forest Road 21, 25, 26, 54 and 76, have experienced landslides and storm damage and are closed.

For more information on the GP's road conditions, please call the headquarters in Vancouver at 360-891-5000.