Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Public Lands Day: A Flood of Help!

This last Saturday, the NW Storm Recovery Coalition hosted a very successful National Public Lands Day event at Mount Rainier National Park.

In total, 115 volunteers contributed a total of 529 hours. Teams of volunteers worked on ten service projects that included trail repair, campground restoration/clean up and other projects throughout the park. The day started with a speech and send off by Representative Norm Dicks. Representative Dicks has been a strong supporter of park storm recovery making several trips to the park over the past year.

That evening a celebratory gathering included an informal dinner and presentations at Columbia Crest Elementary School near Ashford. Phil Freeman, owner of Copper Creek Restaurant and Resort in Ashford, presented proceeds from the Music for the Mountain fundraiser held this past spring totaling over $5,000 to Mount Rainier National Park (via Washington’s National Park Fund), the Nisqually Land Trust, and Friends of the Upper Nisqually. The Seattle Times' coverage of the day can be found here.

The NW Storm Recovery Coalition wishes to extend its thanks again everyone who helped out this past summer.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Coalition work on America the Wild!

America The Wild is a nationwide radio broadcast. Hosted by veteran talk show personality and outdoor enthusiast Shoup Shepherd the show runs every weekend. This past Saturday Shoup interviewed Sean Smith of the National Parks Conservation Association. The two spoke about climate change, storm recovery and the future of public access in our national parks.

Click on show 104 segment #2 to here the interview.