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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Monday, September 26, 2016
Greetings to all the wonderful rovers. It is hard to believe summer has ended and fall is here. Yesterday the Sunrise Visitor Center closed after I think its biggest summer ever! However, the road to Sunrise will remain open through possibly the end of October and rovers can still make a difference.
While we truly appreciate your commitment to the preservation of Mount Rainier National Park, we are also concerned for your safety. After the visitor center at Sunrise closes, there is a lack of back-up for our dedicated volunteers. For that reason the following regulations will be in effect:
Friday, September 23, 2016
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Mount Rainier National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day
on Saturday, September 24, 2016, with two large volunteer projects open
to public participation. The work day caps a busy summer in which nearly
2,000 people have contributed to the protection of Mount Rainier's
natural and cultural treasures and helped serve its visitors.
|Supt. Randy King (left) poses with volunteers on NPLD in 2015|
Friday, September 16, 2016
Monday, September 12, 2016
For a little over three years now, Mount Rainier volunteers have been participating in the state's "Adopt-a-Highway" program through the Dept. of Transportation. Three times every year, we go out and patrol a two-mile section of SR 706, collecting multiple bags of trash each time we work. It's not a glamorous job, but we like to think it makes the journey to the Park a little more pleasant for visitors.
Our pickup dates vary, but we always schedule one in April and September, with the third frequently occurring just before or after the Fourth of July weekend. We're done for 2016, but we hope you'll join us next year!
Friday, September 9, 2016
A big thank you to those volunteers who have been working
on the Westside Road with Jeni! Some of their work included: shoveling soil, using tools to cut down young willow
and alder branches for live staking, using rock bars to move rocks for site
preparation, moving soil via wheelbarrow, and hammering live stakes into the creek bed.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Summer 2016 has forged new records in Meadow Rover hours and contacts. Our volunteers have come from as far away as Florida, Colorado, and California, and as close as the concession employees in the park. But we aren't done yet! With warm sunny weather predicted for the next week or two, visitors will continue to hit the trails. Even in the cold wet weather, rovers do tremendous work in preventing people from going forth unprepared. So keep on roving until the road is closed at Sunrise or the snow flies at Paradise!!
My season as coordinator will wind down by mid-October. During this time, I would like to hear from you. Your observations as to issues with trails, crowd control, or anything you feel park management should know, are welcomed. These will be included in the End-of-Season report that is prepared before I leave for winter.
Also, please let me know what you would like to see, hear, or do with training next June. I always want your needs met and to make training worthwhile. So send me your ideas.
And for those of you who just can't get enough....keep your eyes open for Snow Rover training!
Coordinator MORA Meadow Rovers
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Mount Rainier National Park Associates would like to remind everyone that their last work party of the year will be a revegetation project in the Sunrise area on Saturday, September 10th. If you are interested in participating, please contact John Titland at email@example.com for more details.
Saturday, September 3, 2016
An unusual request for volunteer help comes from Wildlife Biologist Tara Chestnut: she needs bat bags...600 of them, as a matter of fact, and if you're adept with a sewing machine, you can help out.
You've undoubtedly heard about White-Nose Syndrome, a fungal disease which is devastating bat populations across the country. It has been reported in Washington in several areas including one just 30 miles north of Mount Rainier National Park. Tara and her team will be capturing bats next spring in order to test them for the disease, and that's where the bat bags come in. Each bat captured will need to be retained in a bag until they have been examined for evidence of White-Nose Syndrome, and since there is a risk of transferring the disease from one bat to another, the bags cannot be reused until they have been thoroughly washed. You can read more about White-Nose Syndrome in this NPS article.
Tara gives the specifics based on a commercially-produced holding bag. "It's a simple rectangular bag, sewn with a finished hem (a turn under hem - folded over twice with a runner stitch - is simple and easy) and sturdy ribbon tie. The material needs to be cotton but I'm okay with any pattern (given that it's near Halloween, I suspect there are lots of fun bat themed fabrics available). The ribbon tie can be any material that will hold up to boiling water and lots of washing."
If you're interested in bat conservation and want to help in a tangible way, please contact Tara_Chestnut@nps.gov for more details.
|Photo courtesy of US Forest Service|
Friday, September 2, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016