Outdoors

Rainier leaders hold town meetings Fund’s auction generates $180,000 for parks

Washington’s National Park Fund’s annual spring dinner and auction in April raised more than $180,000 for the Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic national parks.

Of that total, more than $53,000 was raised for trail restoration on the 1,277 combined miles of trails in the three parks.

“Trails are critical for us. They’re our highways. They’re the way people really get to experience the waterfalls, the glaciers and the incredible peaks,” Karen Taylor-Goodrich, superintendent of North Cascades National Park said about the importance of the fundraiser.

Many of the programs supported by the fund would not happen without public support.

“Support from individual donors throughout the state and across the country through Washington’s National Park Fund is what makes this important work of caring for our national parks possible. We couldn’t do it without the thousands of people who give so generously every year,” said Randy King, superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park.

The date for next year’s event is April 11, 2015.

Started in 1993, the fund is the official fundraising partner for the three national parks. It has donated more than $2 million to the parks in the last six years. Money is targeted to projects that cover science and research, visitor experiences, volunteers and stewardship, and youth and family programs. You can learn more about the fund at wnpf.org.

CLEANER LAKE CRESCENT

Thirty-six staff and partners from Olympic National Park removed 1,200 pounds of litter from along U.S. Highway 101 around Lake Crescent on May 16.

In one morning, both sides of the 12-mile stretch of Lake Crescent highway were cleaned of all trash that could be safely retrieved. In addition to 600 pounds of trash and 200 pounds of tires, 400 pounds of recyclable cans and bottles were collected and recycled.

Thirty-six people, including park staff from all disciplines and work units, participated in the blitz, along with employees from Lake Crescent Lodge and Student Conservation Association volunteers.

SALISH CULTURE CELEBRATION

The ninth annual Salish Sea Native American Culture Celebration with the Samish and Swinomish tribes will be held Saturday. The event will be at Deception Pass State Park on Fidalgo Island.

The celebration runs from noon-4 p.m. at the Bowman Bay picnic area on the Fidalgo Island side of the park, north of Oak Harbor. The event celebrates the maritime heritage of the two participating Coast Salish tribes and features canoe rides, singers, drummers and storytellers. Tribal artists will demonstrate traditional weaving, cedar work and woodcarving. A salmon and fry bread lunch also will be available.

Activities are presented by the Samish Indian Nation, the Samish Canoe Family, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the Swinomish Canoe Family. Proceeds from food sales support canoe families’ participation in the annual intertribal canoe journey.

Mount Rainier National Park top managers will hold a series of meetings during the next week to provide updates on park happenings.

Superintendent King and deputy superintendent Tracy Swartout will be on hand to provide information and answer questions on activities and projects ongoing within the park.

The dates and locations are:

Monday: 6:30 p.m. at the Enumclaw Library, Rooms 1 & 2.

Tuesday: 7 p.m. at the Windemere Real Estate office in Packwood.

Wednesday: 7 p.m. at the Triad Theater in downtown Yelm.

June 11: 6 p.m. at Whittaker’s Mountain Haus in Ashford.

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