Mount Rainier park honors its top Meadow Rovers

Staff reportNovember 18, 2012 

Mount Rainier National Park officials recently honored their Meadow Rovers of the Year.

Barb Crowell, Dave Krawchuck, Judy Kennedy, Ed Hunds, Karen Overturf and Chrisopher Provencer were honored as Meadow Rovers of 2012. Kelly Walsh and Gary Ouelette received special mention.

“Meadow Rovers of the year are chosen based on their amount of service, quality of service, mentorship and innovation of service delivery,” said Curt Jacquot, West District area ranger.

They are selected by the rover coordinators and supervisors.

The meadow rovers are volunteers who work in popular locations such as Paradise and Sunrise. They assist park visitors with information, make sure the park’s natural resources are being protected and assist park staff with other duties.

The honorees are awarded a choice of a walk with a park scientist or a lunch with a park administrator.

WINTER DESK HELP

Mount Rainier’s interpretive program staffs the Longmire Museum daily year-round. But managing the demands for information can be difficult during the busy winter weekend mornings when visitors are checking in to snow camp or climb the mountain.

The park is looking for volunteers to help staff the Longmire Museum desk from 9 a.m.-noon along with a uniformed staff person on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays. The volunteer will assist visitors seeking basic information about the park while the uniformed staff person issues permits. Overnight accommodations might be available.

For more information, contact West District Interpreter Lee Snook at 360-569-6576 or Lee_Snook@nps.gov.

HOLIDAY BUFFET AT NATIONAL PARK INN

If you don’t feel like cooking for Thanksgiving, consider traveling to the National Park Inn for its annual Thanksgiving buffet.

The buffet will be served noon-6 p.m. Thursday at the inn, located at Longmire.

The cost is $19.95 for adults and $10.95 for children 10 and younger. Because space is limited, you must call for reservations. Do so by calling 360-569-2411or going to mtrainierguestservices.com.

The 25-room inn is located at Longmire, about 15 minutes from the Nisqually entrance to the park.

Mount Rainier rangers remind visitors of winter safety tips

Following the rescue of two stranded snowboarders last week, Mount Rainer National Park officials are reminding winter visitors about the dangerous conditions they might face.

Winter at Mount Rainier is a dynamic and extreme environment that can become hazardous if you’re not prepared.

When planning a trip to the park’s backcountry in the winter, park rangers recommend following these tips:

 • Before you leave home, check and heed local weather forecasts, realizing weather can change for the worse in a very short period of time.

 • Know your experience and ability to survive in an alpine environment and don’t exceed your abilities.

 • Always carry survival gear with you, including the 10 Essentials. Take extra clothing and food in case you have to spend the night out.

 • Always leave word with someone on the specifics of where you’re going and when you expect to be home. It is always safest to not travel alone.

 • While electronic locators and communication can be helpful, they cannot always be relied upon in the backcountry.

 • Remember that you need to be responsible for your own safety.

Staff report

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