Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Volunteer Newsletter 3.5

Dear friends,

A cool wind is blowing outside, and the leaves are dropping off the maple trees. There's rain in the forecast... but the sun should return in time for National Public Lands Day on Saturday! I hope you can join us for our last major event of the season. We have a dozen projects on tap, including trail repair and maintenance, historic campground restoration, and lots and lots of native seedling planting. President Teddy Roosevelt himself will join us to kick off the day's events at 9:00 at Longmire, and we'll wrap up the day with pizza, cake, and a slide show of volunteers in action at the Community Building at 4:00.

Did I mention lots and lots of planting? Saturday will be our last big event, but not the last volunteer project by any means! Our new visitor center will be opening on October 10, and volunteers are busy helping us to plant native plants around the new construction. We expect to have no shortage of work for anyone who would like to help out, through the end of October, weather permitting, so if you or your group would still like to get out to the park and help, give me a call!

And watch in the next day or two for a new posting on our blog about restoration work on the brand new "Marsh" property near Carbon River , recently added to the park's legislative boundaries...

Meanwhile, our volunteer blog is FULL of stories and photos about volunteer activities this summer, from boy scouts and middle school students planting shrubs at Paradise to Japanese volunteers building trails and collecting seeds along the Westside Road; from Mount Rainier Recovery Corps volunteers assisting with flood restoration near Longmire to Washington Trails Association volunteers rebuilding the Glacier Basin Trail.

There's a lot going on, and we hope you can join us as this season begins to wind down!

Kevin Bacher
Volunteer Program Manager

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