Friday, August 24, 2007

Thank You and Looking Ahead to Next Year

Even though the summer isn't over yet, the NW storm recovery coalition and federal agencies such as the National Park Service are already looking toward next year and the flood restoration work that remains to be done. It's almost hard to believe its been almost a year since we all were all stunned to learn of the devastation from last fall's storms. Since then the public has turned out by the thousands to repair miles of trail have been repaired, restore countless bridges and clean up campgrounds and picnic areas. Yet, there will be much left to do next year.

To everyone who volunteered this summer, please consider joining us at Mount Rainier on September 29th for National Public Lands Day for a day of work and celebration. Anyone who swung an axe, wrote a check or contacted elected officials in support of flood recovery is invited. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Progress Made

The National Park Service at Mount Rainier announced earlier this month that it had restored access to the Wonderland trail. Hikers are now able to apply for permits to hike the entire trail for the remainder of the season. This is outstanding news. The Wonderland trail is nearly 100 miles and circles the entire volcano.

Also, check out the calendar. Many September projects are already posted including the end of season National Public Lands Day event and celebration.

Friday, August 3, 2007

Cascade River Road Access Restored!

The National Park Service announced this week temporary vehicle access on the Cascade River road. This road provides western access to Cascade pass. Flooding last November necessitated the closure of the Cascade River Road three miles from its end. The road through the repairs remains rough and narrow. A park map can be found here.