Wednesday, September 3, 2008

We've Moved!

The NW Storm Recovery Coalition is going through the some changes. First we've moved. You can find us now at www.parksandforests.blogspot.com.

Next, as can be seen we've changed our name. We are now the Washington Parks and Forests Coalition. The parks and forests coalition is made up of the Washington Trails Association, the Student Conservation Association and the National Parks Conservation Association. Our primary focus is to connect communities to public lands.

Check us out!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Please Join us for National Public Lands Day!

The storm recovery coalition will once again head to Washington's Mount Rainier National Park for National Public Lands Day. (Saturday, September 27th) As in the past, there will be several tasks from which to choose--trail work, litter pick-up, native plant projects, etc. As the park heads into fall and winter, it is important to have lots of help to tie up loose ends and get trails ready for heavy rain and snowfall. Also, fall is a great time to get native plants in the ground.

For more information on how to get involved please contact, Shane Farnor, Senior Program Coordinator at either sfarnor@npca.org or (206) 903-1444 x24

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Volunteer Opportunities at Mount Rainier

The National Park Service recently announced several volunteer opportunities at Mount Rainier, including the reroute of the Stevens Canyon Wonderland trail. For more information on this an other volunteer opportunities, please click here.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Olympic Sees More Progress, Trail Repaired

The National Park Service announced last week that progress is being made on repairs to Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge road. Culverts have been installed and new rock walls have been completed. Work on repaving sections of the road remain. As such, motorists should expect delays for the next several weeks. Work will also begin on the Switchback trail parking area, which was damaged during last winter's storms.

Meanwhile, a NPCA led trail crew brushed, graded and repaired several sections of the Peabody Creek trail. Volunteers from around the Puget Sound spent Saturday repairing and restoring 2.5 miles of this trail which had not seen maintenance this year. In several spots storm and water runoff had created deep trenches and gullies. These channels had to be dug, raked and regraded to allow safe passage.
Thanks to everyone who participated.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Anges Creek Bridge Repaired!


According to the National Park Service, the footbridge is
now in place across Agnes Creek on the Agnes Creek Trail and is open to both hikers and stock. The bridge is located one-half mile from the Agnes Creek Trailhead in the Stehekin Valley of Lake Chelan National Recreation Area. The Agnes Creek Trail is part of the Pacific Crest Trail which spans from Mexico to Canada.

The Agnes Creek Trail footbridge was destroyed during the winter of 2006-7 by a large fallen tree. A temporary bridge was put in for the 2007 summer season, while a more permanent replacement was designed. The new
bridge was flown into place on the morning of July 2nd and trail crews have been working to secure the bridge and complete the footing and handrails.



Kudos to the Park Service for repairing this important bridge and restoring access to the PCT!

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.

Monday, May 19, 2008

One step back, two steps forward

Over the weekend, efforts to restore access to northwest parks had some bad news and some good. The bad news is this past winter's storms damaged water tanks at the North Cascades' Colonial Creek campground leaving it indefinitely without drinkable water. The Park Service plans to close the campground on May 27th to begin repairs.

On a positive note, last Friday the Park Service at Mount Rainier National Park reopened the Paradise Inn. The Inn had been closed more than two years for renovation. Renovation was slightly slowed by the 2006 storms, but basically opened on schedule. The nearly $23 million renovation has restored, renovated and improved the facility. However, work was done so carefully that many visitors will not notice the changes. Representatives Norm Dicks and Dave Reichert, both big supporters of Mount Rainier, attended the reopening ceremony.

The Park Service took the opportunity to once again thank the storm recovery coalition and the public for all its support these past 18 months.