You may recall from last week that volunteer Allan Dreyer had donated four of his beautiful paintings of Mount Rainier landscapes to sell at the Washington's National Park Fund auction at the Paradise Inn. I'm pleased to announce that those paintings earned a total of $650 for the National Park! The auction as a whole raised $17,130 for the park. Our thanks to all who contributed!
In other news:
Our Conservation Corps has arrived! Unfortunately, the weather hasn't been great for getting a group photo yet, but I'll try to post one soon. These are the ten individuals who will be coordinating and leading volunteer projects all summer. They seem like great people (of course). For now, they're camping at the Mount Rainier Lion's Club in Ashford, while their tent sites at the Longmire Campground melt out enough for them to move in! Thank you to the Ashford Lions for their generous partnership!
The snow is gone in front of my office, at last! However, that doesn't mean we aren't having challenges with snow still at higher elevations. Some highlights from this week's management team meeting: Washington State DOT helped us get a lane open to the Owyhee Trailhead on the White River Road--thanks, guys!--before returning to their work on Chinook Pass. Our own plows made it to Box Canyon last weekend, but were still doing bulldozer work, which is unsual for that area. We're working on multiple fronts simultaneously: Stevens Canyon, White River Road, and the Paradise Valley Road, all of which have their own challenges and reasons to be considered a priority.