Friday, March 28, 2008

State’s badly damaged national parks, forests need more help from volunteers

From today's News Tribune, a great summary of the flood damage that still remains in Washington's National Parks and Forests:

Why do our public lands need help? I can give you $65.9 million worth of reasons. That’s the current storm damage estimate for Mount Rainier, Olympic and North Cascades national parks, plus Gifford Pinchot, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie and Olympic national forests. Simply put, windstorms and rainstorms have battered public lands around the Puget Sound in the past two years. Consider these examples:
Check out the News Tribune's website for the full article. If you'd like to help out, here are links to the websites of the volunteer programs mentioned in the article:

Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park
North Cascades National Park
Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Olympic National Forest
Washington Trails Association

Every one of us still needs help cleaning up flood damage, including Mount Rainier. Consider planning a statewide tour of volunteer projects... See the Northwest! Volunteer in our National Parks and Forests!

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