Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mount Rainier's RAVEN Program Receives Donation

This season a generous donation was made by Mount Rainier National Park Associates to fund the lease during the summer 2011 season of a Ford pickup truck to be used for the Roadside Assistance Volunteers (RAVEN) program.

The RAVEN program operates June through August on the south side of the park assisting park visitors in need of help with their vehicles and providing traffic control during emergency operations and during times of heavy traffic congestion. Raven volunteers work 6-7 days a week. Last year park visitors avoided an estimated $52,000 in towing charges as result of receiving assistance from the Raven volunteers.

A donation was also made to the Restoration Program to purchase the parts to construct a portable misting system to be used at the greenhouse at Tahoma Woods.

At the greenhouse, native seeds and cuttings are propagated that are later planted in meadows that are being restored. The addition of a misting system to the greenhouse will increase the number of plants that can be propagated and having a portable system will allow greater flexibility of its use.

To read this original article visit Mount Rainier National Park Associate's website.

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