Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Alpine Gardeners and Trail Work Volunteers

The annual Mount Rainier National Park Associates alpine gardening work party will be Saturday, September 11th. That is the Saturday following the Labor Day weekend. We will again be planting wildflower seedlings at Sunrise on the project to convert a historic campground area back into alpine meadows.
On the morning of September 11th, we will meet in the Sunrise parking lot between 8:30 and 9:00 AM. Jane and I will be parked on the far left (south) side of the parking lot as you arrive at Sunrise. When you arrive, please check in with us. We need to get the names of all our volunteers. There may be volunteers from other organizations milling about, so look for us at the green-gray Subaru Outback Wagon surrounded by people who look like they know what is going on,

Be prepared for almost any fall weather. Bring both your sun hat and sunscreen, your rain gear, plus a lunch, plenty of water to drink, gardening gloves, and a digging tool you like using. If you have no gardening tools, the park can provide small hand tools. You will be working on your hands and knees doing the planting, so if you like to use a pad for your knees, bring it along too. The work site is about a mile from the parking lot so plan on carrying everything you want to bring. We normally work until at least 3 PM.

There is no charge for volunteers to enter the Park. When you enter at the White River Entrance, tell the attendant that you will be doing volunteer work on the meadow restoration project at Sunrise. If you would like to camp at the White River Campground the evening prior to or the evening of the work party (or both evenings) contact Evan Escamilla at evan_escamilla@partner.nps.gov . He can make the arrangements so that you can camp for free.

If you plan to join MRNPA on Saturday, Sept 11th, for this alpine gardening work party, please reply to John Titland at volunteer@mount-rainier.org confirming that you are coming and indicating the number of volunteers that you will bringing with you.
If you would like to assist in doing planting at Mount Rainier but September 11th is not the right day, or you would prefer to volunteer at Paradise, please consult the Mount Rainier website, http://www.nps.gov/mora/home.htm. Wildflower planting will be going on at both Sunrise and Paradise for several days.

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