Friday, March 23, 2007

Coalition on KCTS

Sunday Jay Satz with the Student Conservation Association, Sally Jewell NPCA board member and David Uberuaga Mount Rainier Superintendent will appear on "KCTS Connects." The panel will discuss the recent storm damage to Mount Rainier and how interested indivduals can get involved in its repair.

The show will run on Seattle's channel 9, March 25th at 12:00 pm.

More on KCTS can be found here.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Park Remark Podcast

Jeremy Sullivan of the Park Remark has posted a podcast interview with NPCA's NW regional director Sean Smith. Jeremy and Sean discuss the storm damage to NW parks, NPCA's latest exhibit on the storms, and the upcoming Seattle Park Service listening session.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Park Service Listening Session, March 26th

On March 26th, the National Park Service will hold a Centennial Initiative listening session at Seattle's Town Hall from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The meeting is open to the public and designed to allow interested individuals the ability to shape the park system's next hundred years. More information on the Centennial Initiative can be found here. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne is expected to attend.

NPCA and the rest of the storm coalition will be reminding the Secretary about the recent storms and our Washington parks' need for restoration.

For more information on the listening sessions, please contact Sean Smith at either (206) 903-1444, ext. 21 or ssmith@npca.org.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Climate Change, Floods, Retreating Glaciers and Maintaining Access.

Over the weekend, the New York Times ran an article on the difficult task Park Service personnel face in predicting future flood events like the ones the devastated Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades this last November. This unpredictability makes it extremely difficult to mitigate damage, while maintaining access.

Despite this, the Park Service continues to make progress toward reestablishing public access to Mount Rainier. Most notably the NPS expects to reopen the road to Paradise by this May. The full extent of the damage to back country campsites and trails won't be known until the snow melts.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Visiting Mount Rainier this Summer? Bring your sense of adventure and patience with you!

Eric Sorensen in a special for the Seattle Times details what visitors to Mount Rainier can expect this summer. There is good news and some bad. On the positive side, it looks like the Paradise area should be open to the public by either April or May. Unfortunately, other areas such as the Wonderland trail will see limited access this year. Other Washington parks and forests are likely to see similar impacts to visitor access.

Monday, March 5, 2007

Under the Weather Opens March 15th!

The National Parks Conservation Association will host an exhibit highlighting the recent storm damage to Washington's National Parks. Featured images will include shots from all three national parks, as well as the work of Lani Doely and Don Geyer. The show runs from March 15th thru June 6th with an Artist reception to be held April 5th.

The exhibit will be open to the public at 313 A First, Ave. South, in Seattle Washington Tuesday thru Saturday. For more information please contact Shane Farnor at either sfarnor@npca.org or 206-903-1444 ext. 24.