Friday, June 20, 2008

National Trails Day Storm Repair: A Great Success!

The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) led a group of 10 volunteers along with 2 national park rangers and a Student Conservation Association crew member on a trail restoration work day on Saturday, June 7, National Trails Day. The crew worked on the Diablo Lake Trail at the North Cascades National Park Complex.

Wind, snow and rain storms during the 2007-2008 winter caused damage to many of Washington’s national parks that had already experienced devastating destruction just a year earlier. North Cascades National Park, while not receiving as much damage as Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park, also received less help in their recovery effort due in part to the other parks’ higher public profile. NPCA believed National Trails Day would be an excellent opportunity to help the North Cascades and connect people to a park with which they may be less familiar.

Working with North Cascades' Volunteer Coordinator Michael Brondi from North Cascades National Park, the crew cleared a path through an avalanche to reconnect the trail that had been destroyed by the snow, ice, trees, and boulders that had crashed down the mountain. This involved a huge group effort, removing large rocks and entire tree trunks off the trail.

For the rest of the day, the group removed rocks, limbs, and trees that had fallen on the remaining 3.5 miles of trail during last winter storms.

Thanks to all our volunteers and the Park Service for a wonderful event.