Photo contest showcases best of public lands

Staff reportMay 19, 2013 

The U.S. Department of the Interior has started the 2013 “Share the Experience” photo contest. The contest will showcase the country’s public lands, including national parks, wildlife refuges, forests and recreation areas. It is the largest national park and public land photo contest for amateur photographers.

A new photo category this year, Let’s Move Outside, is meant to encourage families to explore the outdoors and lead active lifestyles.

The winning photograph will appear on the 2015 America the Beautiful pass.

Entries highlighting the best of America’s federal lands, national parks and historical sites are sought in these categories: adventure and outdoor recreation; historical and cultural; scenic, seasons and landscapes; Let’s Move Outside; and wildlife. Photos must be taken on the lands or within the facilities of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service.

The contest runs through Dec. 31. Amateur photographers can participate by checking the guidelines and uploading photos on


Mount Rainier National Park seeks an individual or couple to manage the Longmire Volunteer Campground. The role involves being a campground host, docent, project crew leader and volunteer coordinator.

The park is looking for someone to live in the volunteer campground in his or her RV and coordinate the use of 31 tent sites, two group places and several platform tents. Among the duties, the host will take reservations and assign campsites, make sure guests are aware of and comply with campground regulations, and maintain, clean and supply a comfort station with three showers.

Because the campsites are small, RVs are limited to 24 feet in length.

This is a 40-hour-a-week job with flexible hours. The host will be on call when volunteers arrive or need assistance. Reimbursement is available for living expenses. The season approximately begins June 1 and runs through the end of September.

If interested, fill out an application at volunteer. gov, or contact volunteer program coordinator Kevin Bacher at 360-569-6567 or


Veolia Water North America, the contractor operating and maintaining the Elwha Water Treatment Plant, is using the Milwaukee Grade access road to haul sediment material off-site and will do so intermittently this summer.

Trucks are expected on the Olympic Discovery Trail between Kacee Way and the Elwha River, said Olympic National Park officials in a statement.

Trucks will use the route from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.

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