Monday, February 25, 2008

You're Invited: Taking the Parks by Storm!

Community Support for Restoring Washington's Treasures

A series of storms battered the Pacific Northwest during the fall and winter of 2006 and 2007, bringing major flooding, hurricane-force winds and heavy snows. Washington’s national parks - Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades - were severely impacted.

The Northwest Storm Recovery Coalition is sponsoring “Taking the Parks by Storm: Community Support for Restoring Washington's Treasures” on Monday, March 17, 2008, to bring members of Congress and representatives from the three parks together to describe the storms' impacts, the current state of repairs at the parks, and how upcoming visits to the park may be affected. Also, this event will provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions, visit with representatives from each park to learn about volunteer activities, and to find out how they can be further involved.

When:
Monday, March 17th, 6:30PM-8:30 PM

Where:
Seattle REI Flagship
222 Yale Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

The Northwest Storm Recovery Coalition, which includes the National Parks Conservation Association, the Student Conservation Association, Washington’s National Park Fund, and Washington Trails Association, works to help support, repair, and restore affected parks and other public lands.

For more information, contact: David Graves at dgraves@npca.org or (206) 903-1444, x25

Friday, February 15, 2008

Good News: Park Flood Recovery Moves Along

There is good storm recovery news coming out of the parks lately. First, it was reported this week that the Boeing Company contributed nearly $100,000 to the Storm Recovery Coalition’s work. The Boeing grant will be used for trail crew training, park recovery and restoration and an access conference. The coalition wishes to thank Boeing for its generous gift.

Meanwhile, the National Park Service at Olympic recently annouced the reopening of the Hoh River road. The road had been closed since the December 3rd record-breaking floods. Visitors are asked to used caution when traveling the road, as a portion of the road is now gravel.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Five Million Needed for Olympic Storm Repairs

Reported today, the National Park Service at Olympic estimates it will costs upwards of $5 million to repair the damage caused by this past fall storms. The Park Service is finding the 2007 storm, as compared to the one in 2006, was more devasting to Olympic in part because the damage is more widespread.

Olympic damage during the early December storm includes three severely damaged sites along Hurricane Ridge Road and Crescent Lake access roads, as well as significant damage in the Quinault Valley, and areas of Staircase, near the southern end of the park.