Sunday, March 23, 2008

Olympic Access Being Restored

The National Park Service at Olympic National Park is making progress and repairing some of the road damage caused by last Fall's storms. Most notably, access along the Quinault Valley road will be restored April 1, while partial access to the Hurricane Ridge road will continue through May 4th.

For information on the park's other roads and trails, please click here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Storming the Parks: Catch it on TVW!

Last night, the Northwest Storm Recovery Coalition held Storming the Parks a town hall forum bringing representatives from Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades National Parks and Olympic and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forests, together to describe the impact from storms over the last two winters, the current state of repairs, and how upcoming visits to public lands may be affected. Staff from Congressman Norm Dicks' and Dave Reichert's offices, as well as Senator Patty Murray's office also provided information on congressional efforts to raise funding to support the repairs.

The coalition, which was recently named by Outside Magazine as one of the 2007's 100 best ideas, also provided attendees an opportunity to ask questions, visit with the land managers to learn more about volunteer activities and how to get involved.

TVW, Washington State's public affairs network, recorded the event and will air it in its entirety over the upcoming days. However, if your cable provider doesn't carry TVW, the event can be seen here.

Images from the night's festivities can be found here.

The storm coalition thanks REI and Boeing for their generous support of our work.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Coalition Wins National Conservation Award!

The NW Storm Recovery Coalition has won the 2008 Cooperative Conservation Award (CCA)
from the Department of the Interior. The CCA, the Interior Department's highest award, is presented to private citizens and organizational partners who support the agency's mission and demonstrate significant contributions to its programs. On April 21st, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will officially present the award to the coalition partners in Washington D.C.

The coalition is honored to receive this recognition, yet the award truly belongs to everyone who volunteered in the recovery effort.
The coalition's work received additional coverage this past week, when NPCA's Sean Smith appeared on KTPK's community matter's program. A link to the March 9th interview can be found here. Look for it on the left side of the webpage.
Finally, be sure to join us March 17th at the Seattle REI to learn how to help in the recovery. Click here for more information.