Hey, you sunny-side, sunny smile Volunteers! You got a nice nod from the Seattle Times!
Monday, August 27, 2012
State Route 706 extends from Elbe to the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. This short length of highway is the primary gateway to the Park, and an area which gives visitors their first introduction to the wild and scenic beauty they will soon experience more fully.
In recent years, litter patrols of this highway have been infrequent or nonexistent, and to say that the highway looked "untidy" would be to put it mildly. We believe that as the pathway leading to our "front door," State Route 706 should make a good impression on incoming visitors, so the Volunteer Program contacted the State Dept. of Transportation to inquire into their "Adopt-a-Highway" program for citizen maintenance.
We are pleased to announce that as of August 27, 2012, the Volunteer Program has completed the adoption of the two-mile section from Milepost 2 to Milepost 4, a stretch of road which encompasses the Park's Tahoma Woods frontage. Now we are asking for your participation as a Volunteer!
This is an excellent opportunity for our Volunteers to benefit both the Park and the community! Per our agreement, we will make three litter patrols per year. The first will occur on National Public Lands Day, September 29, 2012. The next will occur in April and another in late June 2013.
Crews will consist of no more than twelve individuals. Members of the litter patrol should be physically able to walk from two to four miles, and be able to bend or stoop repeatedly throughout the day, and we'll be working rain or shine. In exchange, our reward will be to present a better face to incoming visitors, and an official Dept. of Transportation sign at either end of the patrol area acknowledging the participation of Mount Rainier National Park's wonderful Volunteers.
For further information on this on-going Volunteer activity and to reserve a spot on the crew, please contact Crow Vecchio at 360-569-6567 or email Crow.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
There is no charge for volunteers to enter the Park. When you enter at the White River Entrance, tell the gate attendant that you will be doing volunteer work on the meadow restoration project at Sunrise.
If you plan to join MRNPA on Saturday, September 8th, for this meadow revegetation work party, please reply to this email confirming that you are coming and indicating the number of volunteers that you will bringing with you.
Mount Rainier National Park Associates
A weekly, optional, seasonal training reminder for all Meadow/Snow Rover volunteers, as well as ALL Volunteer and Professional MORA staff who may wish to attend.
The Mount Rainier National Park, Volunteer Meadow/Snow Rover Program continues our ‘Saturday Training Sessions’ this week with, ‘The Roll of the Meadow Rover during Emergency Operations’ . These classes have been specifically selected for their relevancy in order to provide the Meadow/Snow Rover with the information necessary to meet the essential elements of their position. It is the stated goal of this educational program to enhance Meadow/Snow Rover safety, knowledge, and the visitor contact experience. All of the classes will be presented by experts in the related topics.
The following is the current training calendar: (The next available class offering is shown in red .)
8/25/2012 - "The Roll of the Meadow Rover during Emergency Operations" - Jordan Mammel, Wildlife and Lead Law Enforcement Ranger and/or Ben Guttridge, Lead General Ranger/Climbing Ranger
9/01/2012 - "Nature Photography - Tips for the Visitor, General Nature Photography Techniques and Photographic Documentation of Trail/Meadow Damage and/or Hazards" - Gary Ouellette, Experienced Meadow Rover, Noted Professional Photographer (Bring your camera!)
9/08/2012 - "The New Ten Essentials" - Ed Hunds, Experienced Meadow Rover, Wilderness Preparedness Expert
Location: Longmire Community Building
Time: 10 AM to 11:30 PM
Dates: 8/25/2012, 9/1/2012 and 9/8/2012 (Additional topics and dates will be added soon.)
The topics presented are geared to provide Park relevant learning opportunities for ALL MORA employees and volunteers. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!!!
RSVP required please! Please RSVP no later than the Thursday prior to each specific training session.
Please RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us for these free and highly informative classes! Also, please let me know if you have any relevant topics you would like to see covered.
Bill Marsh =+)
West Side Meadow Rover Coordinator
Mount Rainier National Park
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Are you interested in helping survey butterflies at Mount Rainier?
This is your reminder that the Cascades Butterfly Project will be in the park this Friday and again the following weekend. Stop by, join the fun, and become your own Curiosity Rover for a day!
Here's a note from Michelle Toshack, coordinator of the project, with details. You can also review previous blog entries about the Cascades Butterfly Project for more information:
Thanks so much for coming out to in the field with us! I wanted to let you know that Melanie Weiss, field lead volunteer, will be at Berkeley Park on August 17th and could meet up to 4 volunteers at the Sunrise trailhead at 10 am.
I will be in Rainier from August 27-30 as follows:
Aug 27-Naches Peak (meet at Tipsoo Lake trailhead at noon)
Aug 28-Berkeley Park (meet at Sunrise trailhead at 10)
August 29-Mazama Ridge (meet at 4th crossing trailhead at 10)
August 30-Spray Park (meet at Mowich Lake trailhead at 10).
It would be great to have more volunteers!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Today, westside Volunteers gathered at the Longmire Community Building for the annual mid-season picnic. Kevin Bacher's Power Point presentation showcased our wonderful volunteers and volunteer projects in all corners of the Park, and was received with great applause. A second picnic for eastside Volunteers is slated for next Saturday at the Sunrise picnic area from 4-6 PM. If you missed this one or want to attend another get-together, we hope to see you there!
Thursday, August 9, 2012
This is an excellent opportunity for our valued guests to feel they are helping make the Park a better place to visit. Please wave at our smiling volunteers as you pass by!
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Mount Rainier National Park Associates
National Park Service
Mount Rainier National Park
Longmire, WA 98397
Office: 360-569-2211 ext.7003
The approximately 80-minute program tells the story of the beginning of Mount Rainier National Park and the National Park Service. Meet people who explored, settled, developed, climbed, and protected Mount Rainier more than 90 years ago as they emerge from the darkness along the Trail of the Shadows.
The program will be held rain or shine. Bring a warm jacket, insect repellent, a flashlight, and wear sturdy shoes. This interpretive program is free and open to all. No RSVP is required.
There will be four walks and we need up to eight volunteers (2 per lantern). Walks are planned to leave from in front of the National Park Inn at 8:30 PM, 8:50 PM, 9:10 PM, and 9:30 PM. If you are game to carry a lantern, please let Carrie know your top two walk choices. She will confirm your participation. Volunteer lantern carriers will need to meet 15 minutes before their scheduled walk at the picnic tables by the General Store. Our Lantern Guru, Alan Parsons, will be there to give you your lantern. He will also provide tips for carrying the lantern and effectively illuminating the trail and characters. New Shadows of the Past volunteers will need to sign a volunteer agreement form.
Please contact Carrie if you have any questions or are interested! Thank you in advance!
“As a reminder, Melanie Weiss (volunteer field lead) will be at Sunrise (Berkeley Park) on August 17th and is looking for volunteers to accompany her. Please email me at michelle_toshack [at] nps.gov if interested. There will be one more chance to volunteer at Mt. Rainier from August 27-30.”
Saturday, August 4, 2012
On August 2nd, I had the privilege of getting out of the office for a day of Citizen Science with five intrepid volunteers on a gorgeous day hiking out of Sunrise. Here's a couple of photos from our day of collecting butterflies, in pursuit of data for tracking population changes over time related to climate:
The trip was led by Michelle Toshack, who submitted the following report. Note that the Cascades Butterfly Project is still looking for more volunteers! More information can be found on their Yahoo group.
What a great trip to Mount Rainier! Wildflowers were blooming beautifully (at Naches Loop and Berkeley Park anyway) and butterflies were truly on the wing. Thank you to the ten excellent volunteers who helped with the project. We saw the following butterflies:
As a reminder, Melanie Weiss (volunteer field lead) will be at Sunrise (Berkeley Park) on August 17th and is looking for volunteers to accompany her. Please email me at michelle_toshack [at] nps.gov if interested. There will be one more chance to volunteer at Mt. Rainier from August 27-30.
Friday, August 3, 2012
The Mount Rainier National Park Associates conducts a "deveg" (exotic plant removal) project along the Westside Road in July 2012. MRNPA welcomes volunteers! Learn more about them at MRNPA.org, and join the for one of their next projects -- trail maintenance on August 11, or Revegetation on September 8!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Next Tuesday 8/7 will be the parks first Search and Rescue Technician training. It is open to all who have have supervisory approval to participate in the parks SAR team.
BASIC SEARCH AND RESCUE TRAINING (BASIC SAR)
The Basic Search and Rescue Training is a standardized training program for entry level NPS search and rescue (SAR) personnel. The class is delivered through a combination of online (self-paced) and classroom for maximum efficiency and standardization. The focus of this training course is to assist personnel in safely and effectively performing as a SAR team member on a wide area search team, search area containment position, litter team, or nontechnical rescue team position.
The training is part of an ongoing movement to place all SAR positions undertask-booked, training based roles, like the fire or aviation world. We will begin with SAR tech this summer, the do SAR Squad leader next spring, etc. Within 3-5 years this will be standardized and mandatory accross the NPS.
Longmire(EOC or Admin, TBA) & 0900-1630
The focus of the training is basic search team functions and litter based evacs. The training will consist of a short talkie session indoors, a series of skills stations, and an afternoon mock search and evac. Within the next few years all SAR team members will be required to have this training. Stefan Lofgren will be the lead instructor.
There is a really informative online training, designed to take 4.5 hrs. This, along with ICS 100 & 700, are mandatory pre-requisites. Please print your quiz results and bring them to class.
Please print out the taskbook on the above site and bring it to class to be initiated. Also, please bring your SAR pack outfitted with as many of the following items as you have/are issued https://connectpro77254837.adobeconnect.com/_a964288825/SAR_Pack_Checklist . We will do the outdoor drill rain or shine, preferably shine.
Please RSVP to this address.
Lead Paradise General Ranger
Mount Rainier National Park
(360) 569-6687 [office]
(914) 475-7810 [cell] Ben_Guttridge@nps.gov
We are currently in need of a volunteer who will assist in a Lake Riparian Disturbance Monitoring project at Mt. Rainier National Park. Volunteers will be responsible for documenting human disturbance around mountain lakes in the park. Individuals will be responsible for logging social trails, campsites, and other forms of human caused disturbance within 50m of monitored lake shores.
Volunteer must be available for up to 4 days a week starting 8/13/12 and ending on or before 9/7/12.
The preferred abilities of the applicant include :
If you have questions or interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Carrie Anders by email at Carrie_Anders@partner.nps.gov or by phone at 360-569-6588. We look forward to hearing from you!