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.